Israeli ex-President appeals for pardon

Added On May 9, 2016

Israeli former president Moshe Katsav, who is in jail for rape and other sexual offenses, has asked for pardon. 
According to the office of incumbent President Reuven Rivlin, they on Sunday received the request, which has been transferred for legal evaluation.  
An earlier clemency request by Katsav's family was denied in 2012.
The new request came only a month after a parole board rejected Katsav's appeal for early release.
Katsav, who's now 70, served as Israel's eighth president between 2000 and 2007. In 2011, he was convicted of two counts of rape of women subordinates, as well as sexual harassment of others, and obstruction of justice. He was given a seven-year sentence, becoming the first Israeli head of state to be sent to prison.