Company Pictures, based in the UK, is set to create a new television series to
be “loosely” based on the infamous story of Prisoner X, Variety reported this
Prisoner X is currently in development with Tedy Productions for
Israeli television, with scribblers Ron Leshem and Amit Cohen working on a
script for local cabler YES. The UK deal, which was signed by ADD’s Head of
Content Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Tedy and YES, was brokered by
Prisoner X is the tale of a real-life Mossad agent whose story
rocked Israel and its allies last year. Ben Zygier was found hanging by a
bed sheet in his cell in the notorious Ayalon prison in 2010.
his life and death only came to light in February 2013 and caused a great uproar
around the world, especially in Australia where Zygier was originally
from. The series will not be based on Zygier, rather two women left
behind when the agent disappears into solitary confinement.
foreign media reports, Zygier faced a 22-year prison sentence due to his
unintentionally revealing a Lebanese operative assisting in a 30-year effort to
exhume the remains of missing Israeli soldiers killed by Syrian forces in the
First Lebanon War.
In 2007, the Mossad reportedly recruited former
Lebanese military leader Ziad Al Homsi through, what he claims were, operatives
working for the intelligence organization in China and Thailand.
strides to get ahead and please the Mossad, Zygier apparently revealed Al
Homsi’s name to a suspected Lebanese Hezbollah agent who subsequently turned him
in to Lebanese authorities. Al Homsi faced a 15-year prison sentence, but was
released after only three years.
The Mossad wanted to utilize Al Homsi,
who was well connected from his participation in operations against Israeli
troops in the Bekka Valley where the remains of three soldiers killed in the
Battle of Sultan Yocoub were believed to rest, ABC Australia reported.
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