JERUSALEM - Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav, who left office in disgrace after admitting to sexual misconduct charges, was granted $250,000 a year for bodyguards and other security measures, a parliament spokesman said Thursday.Let me remind you why Katsav won one of my Knucklehead awards.
Parliament's finance committee approved the outlay on Thursday, spokesman Giora Pordes said.
"This is a travesty. He shouldn't be rewarded for what he did," lawmaker Zehava Galon told The Associated Press.
Katsav stepped down in late June after four former female employees accused him of a series of sex crimes, including rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. Facing indictment, he agreed to a plea bargain that allowed him to escape the most serious charges and avoid jail.
JERUSALEM, June 29 — Israel’s disgraced president, Moshe Katsav, submitted his resignation to Parliament on Friday morning amid fierce public criticism over the deal by which rape charges against him were dropped in exchange for an admission of guilt for lesser offenses.Emphasis mine.
Katsav's plea deal was an outrage. So is his getting assistance once out of office. If this disgraced politician wants to feel safe, let him check into prison. That's where Moshe Katsav truly belongs.
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