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