Sunday, October 22, 2006


Putin’s ‘rape joke’ played down

`Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has been overheard joking about the virility of his Israeli counterpart, who is accused of multiple rape.

A Russian journalist said Mr Putin joked that President Moshe Katsav was a “mighty man”, adding “we all envy him”.

Mr Katsav is facing allegations that he raped members of his staff. He strongly denies the claims.

[..] the president continued: “What a mighty man he turns out to be! He raped 10 women – I would never have expected this from him. He surprised us all – we all envy him!”

There reportedly followed loud laughter among the official delegations.’

followup to: Israeli president could face rape charges

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