- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

JERUSALEM (AP) - The former Israeli president says he’s innocent of rape and other sexual offenses and is denouncing Israel’s attorney general for pursuing such charges.

In a news conference Thursday, Moshe Katsav declared, “I have not surrendered.”

Four women who worked for Katsav have accused him of a variety of crimes including rape.

Earlier this week, the attorney general said he plans to indict the former president on charges of rape, indecent acts and obstruction of justice.

Katsav resigned two weeks before his seven-year term ended in 2007 under a plea bargain that would have required him to admit to lesser charges of sexual misconduct.

Last April, he called off the deal and said he would stand trial to clear his name.

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