Israeli nuclear whistle-blower charged over release terms
JERUSALEM—Israeli prosecutors charged nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu Monday with violating the terms of his release, more than a decade after he completed an 18-year jail term, the justice ministry said.
Upon his release in 2004, Vanunu was slapped with a series of restraining orders, some of which he has violated in recent years, the indictment read.
According to the charge sheet, Vanunu in 2013 met with two US nationals in Jerusalem without having permission to do so. In 2014, he moved to a different flat in his apartment building and failed to inform police.
And in 2015, he granted an interview to Channel 2 television, in which he relayed to the interviewer “classified information that was by cut out by censors”, read the indictment served at Jerusalem magistrates’ court.
The former nuclear technician was jailed in 1986 for disclosing the inner workings of Israel’s Dimona nuclear plant to Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper.
He spent more than 10 years of his sentence in solitary confinement.
In the 2015 interview, Vanunu said he no longer has any secrets to spill and just wants to join his new bride in Norway, theology professor Kristin Joachimsen whom he married at a Lutheran church in Jerusalem in May that year.—Agencies