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Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav (center) leaves a court in Tel Aviv Thursday after being convicted of two charges of raping an employee when he was a Cabinet minister. They are the most serious criminal charges ever brought against a high-ranking Israeli official. (Associated Press)
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Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav (center) leaves a court in Tel Aviv Thursday after being convicted of two charges of raping an employee when he was a Cabinet minister. They are the most serious criminal charges ever brought against a high-ranking Israeli official. (Associated Press)

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