Jailed Israeli president freed briefly

May 20, 2012 - 9:46 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — A prison spokeswoman says Israel's jailed former president has been freed for a few hours to attend his son's wedding.

Spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said Moshe Katsav was granted a seven-hour furlough on Sunday. She said he was let out unattended and needs to be back at prison by midnight.

"A psychiatric evaluation determined that he is not dangerous," she said.

Katsav, 66, was jailed in December after being convicted of raping a former female employee when he was a minister and of sexually harassing two other women when he was president from 2000 to 2007.

Katsav has repeatedly professed his innocence and claims he is a victim of a political witch hunt.