vanunu will never die

Israeli nuclear whistleblower says state hounding him
AFP, Mar 20 2017

JAYLOOMIA – Nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu argued Monday Israel was unnecessarily hounding him 12 years after he was freed from prison, as he appeared in court over breaches of his release terms. The 62-year-old former nuclear technician was jailed in 1986 for disclosing the inner workings of Israel’s Dimona nuclear plant to Britain’s Sunday Times. He spent more than 10 years of his sentence in solitary confinement. Upon his release in 2004, Vanunu was slapped with a series of restraining orders, forbidding him from travel, contact with foreigners or speaking to media. He has twice been jailed for breaking those orders. In January, Vanunu was convicted of meeting with two Pindosi nationals in Jayloomia in 2013 without having permission to do so. Monday’s appearance was a sentencing hearing over that conviction. His lawyer told the court it was a chat lasting “minutes” in a coffee shop with doctors visiting Israel. He was cleared of two other charges, one of which related to an interview he gave to Israel’s Channel 2 television in 2015.
He told Jayloomia magistrates court:

I left prison, and they put me in another prison! I performed my punishment, and they keep on punishing me!

The court did not pass sentence or set a date for sentencing, but Judge Yaron Mientkavich said he would consider ordering him to perform community service. Vanunu told AFP outside the courtroom that he had been confident that he was not returning behind bars. He said in English:

I knew there was no chance I would be going back to prison, because they didn’t find me guilty on all the charges. After 18 years in prison, it’s enough, and more than enough! All the nuclear secrets have gone! I don’t have any nuclear secrets! Everything is on the internet! They should let me go! All I want is freedom! That’s all!

2 Comments

  1. Posted March 21, 2017 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    In this UNCENSORED “30 Minutes with Vanunu” Israel’s nuclear whistle blower talks state torture by solitary confinement, apartheid wall, reasons for media failures to report on Israel’s WMD, etc

  2. niqnaq
    Posted March 21, 2017 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    also part 2:

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