[Ppnews] Vanunu sentenced to new jail term

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Mon Jul 2 15:02:32 EDT 2007


Vanunu sentenced to new jail term
An Israeli court has sent former nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu 
back to jail for six months for breaking the conditions of his parole.

Vanunu was released in 2004 after an 18-year sentence for disclosing 
Israeli nuclear secrets, but he faced curbs including speaking to 
foreign media.

However, he has given a series of interviews to the international 
media in the last three years.

Israeli officials insist he still poses a security threat.

An anti-nuclear campaigner, Mr Vanunu denies wanting to divulge more 
classified information about the Dimona nuclear plant where he 
worked, saying he only wants to be free to leave Israel.

A Jerusalem regional court convicted Mr Vanunu in April on 14 counts 
of parole violation, including leaving Israel when he entered 
Palestinian-controlled territory in the West Bank.

"While returning a man to prison after he served 18 years there does 
not bring joy to anyone, there was no other choice but to take this 
step to make clear that the nation will defend its secrets and 
protect its security," prosecutor Dan Eldad said in a statement.

In addition to the jail term he received a further six-month 
suspended sentence. He has 45 days to appeal against the ruling.
Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/middle_east/6261204.stm

Published: 2007/07/02 12:13:08 GMT




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