Notably, Katsav, 65, had earlier agreed to a plea bargain for sexual misconduct in exchange for a light sentence. When he backed out of the plea, the prosecutors threw the book at him — resulting in this sentence for a rape in the 1990s and sexual misconduct involving various women.
When sentenced Katsav broke down in tears and yelled “You made a mistake. It is a lie. The girls know it is a lie.”