Israel nuclear whistleblower convicted of violating terms of release

[JURIST] Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu [BBC profile] was convicted Monday of violating the terms of his 2004 release from prison [JURIST report] by granting interviews to foreign news media. Vanunu completed an 18-year prison sentence in 2004 for leaking Israel's atomic weapons secrets [Israel MOJ statement] to the Sunday Times newspaper. Following his release, Vanunu was subject to strict restrictions, including a ban on travel outside Israeli territory and limited contact with foreigners. He was indicted [JURIST report] in 2005 for violating the terms of his release.

Vanunu's sentencing hearing will be held May 18. He faces additional jail time and further restrictions on his travel. Reuters has more.

 

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