Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Demands for Release of Nuclear Whistleblower as Israel Holds Vanunu in Solitary Confinement

by Billy Briggs, The Herald Scotland, July 19, 2010

There were demands last night for the release from prison of the man known as the Israeli nuclear whistleblower after it emerged he was being held in solitary confinement in the same section of prison as some of Israel’s most notorious criminals.

[Mordechai Vanunu in the garden of St. George's Cathedral, two  days  after his release from prison. (April 23, 2004) (photo: Ronald H.   Miller)]
Mordechai Vanunu in the garden of St. George’s Cathedral, two days after his release from prison. (April 23, 2004) (photo: Ronald H. Miller)

Mordechai Vanunu, who spent 18 years in jail for revealing details of Israel’s nuclear arsenal in 1986, was sent back to prison for three months in May after being found guilty of unauthorised meetings with foreign nationals. Vanunu, who became a cause celebre for human rights activists around the world and was elected rector of the University of Glasgow in absentia, is being held in Ayalon Prison in central Israel.Amnesty International is calling for Vanunu’s immediate release and his brother, Meir, contacted the Sunday Herald to express fears over Vanunu’s wellbeing after being the first person to visit him in seven weeks.

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