Israeli nu­clear whis­tle-blower charged over re­lease terms

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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