Katzav has been accused of sexually harassing at least two female employees, and reportedly admitted to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz that one of them had blackmailed him.
It had originally been reported that Katzav would be questioned by police "sometime in the coming two weeks," after the police complete gathering information and evidence. It has now been announced, however, that police investigators will arrive at the President's Residence tomorrow to carry out the interrogation.
It is possible that Mazuz, who is himself conducting the investigation, will require Katzav to suspend himself from office for the duration.
In addition, the Movement for Freedom of Information in Israel (MFII) has filed a suit with the Supreme Court, demanding free access to information on the pardons President Katzav issued.
Haaretz newspaper recently reported that a group of Katzav's close friends had been allowed to view the files of those who had requested pardons. Some of his friends were even involved in making requests for pardons.
The MFII demands that President Katzav, who has been in office for six years, provide a list of the pardon requests, their dates, and the respective Justice Ministry recommendations. "The President has a type of legal authority, and the purity of the manner in which he uses this authority is of utmost importance to the public," the MFII states. "Pardons must be issued without bias or prejudice, and in an equal and fair manner, and the process must therefore be carried out under public scrutiny."
The President's Residence claims it need not provide the requested information, in order not to prejudice the privacy of those who request pardons.