Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Mordechai Vanunu under brutal conditions

Morning Star Online, July 30, 2010

By Ernest Rodker

There are serious concerns for the safety of Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, who is back in prison and being held in isolation in a violent section of Ayalon prison, one of the most notorious jails in Israel.

Vanunu, once a technician at Israel’s Dimona nuclear weapons research centre, has already spent 18 years in prison – 11 and a half of which were in solitary confinement – for telling the Sunday Times in 1986 of Israel’s secret development of its nuclear weapons programme.

Since his release in 2004 he has been forbidden to leave Jerusalem without permission, meet foreigners or leave Israel – which is his most fervent wish.

He was returned to prison on May 23, having been found guilty of speaking to and associating with foreigners.

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