I've no idea whether or not the rape allegations against Israeli president Moshe Katsav are true or not. He alleges a conspiracy against him and few believe him. But I can't help reflecting that having an Iranian-born president must have grated upon those within Israel and the US who have Iran firmly in their sights.
President Katsav was born in Yazd, Iran, as Moseh Qassab [Link], his parents emigrated to Israel when he was five years old, whence his name became Hebraicized.
According to Ha'Aretz:
The four women whom Katsav is accused of sexually assaulting include three past and present employees of the President's Residence and one who worked under Katsav during his tenure as tourism minister, in 1998-1999. Mazuz also plans to charge the president with giving away items that belonged to the President's Residence at private events, as well as with obstruction of justice and harassing a witness, for trying to pressure one of the President's Residence employees to retract her complaint against him.
Should Katsav be convicted of all the charges in the draft indictment, he is likely to spend many years in jail...
Past and present employees of the President's Residence would have to be government employees with high-level security clearances. Now, if they were told that the Iranian-born president had become a national security problem, they might well agree to accuse the man of rape, given that their identities would remain secret. My guess is that this case will never get to a full hearing in court, but the man's reputation has been ruined nevertheless. For being an Iranian head of state?
* The photograph is of Katsav and former Iranian president Khatami at John Paul II's funeral. According to search.com, from where I copied the photo:
On April 8, 2005 Katsav sat near Iranian President Mohammad Khatami (also born in Yazd) during the funeral of Pope John Paul II, due to the fact that all world leaders present were arranged in alphabetical order by the name of their state. President Katsav would later claim that he shook Khatami's hand and spoke to him in Persian. He also greeted Bashar al-Assad during the funeral service's traditional "exchange of peace". That was the first political contact between Iran and Israel since 1979. Khatami, however, denied that such a meeting ever took place.