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Israel nuclear whistleblower jailed again

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 20:40

Jerusalem: Israel`s top court sent nuclear
whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu back to jail for three months
after he refused to do community service in west Jerusalem for
fear of harassment.

After having already served 18 years behind bars, a
Jerusalem court had convicted Vanunu and sentenced him to
three months in jail or community service for meeting with a
foreigner in violation of his parole.
Vanunu asked the supreme court if he could perform the
community service in Arab east Jerusalem, saying he feared he
would be "harassed by the Israeli population" in the west of
the city.

The supreme court rejected the argument, saying suitable
work had been found in mainly Jewish west Jerusalem.

"The plaintiff refused and the court had no choice but to
sentence him to three months in jail, which he will serve
starting May 23," it said in its ruling issued yesterday.

Vanunu was jailed in 1986 for disclosing the inner
workings of Israel`s Dimona nuclear plant to Britain`s Sunday
Times newspaper.
Since his release in 2004, he has been detained several
times for violating the terms of his parole that ban him from
travel or contact with foreigners.

Israel is widely believed to be the only nuclear power in
the Middle East, with around 200 nuclear warheads, but has a
policy of neither confirming nor denying that.


First Published: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 20:40

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