Vanunu headed back to prison

Nuclear whistleblower refuses to perform community service.

May 13, 2010 14:20
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Mordechai Vanunu, who served 18 years in prison for leaking Israel's nuclear secrets, is going back to jail, according to information released late Wednesday.

Vanunu, who was released in 2004, will return to jail for three months after refusing to perform community service for contacting a foreigner without authorization, a violation of his parole. He was arrested last December on suspicion that he had met with a Norwegian national.

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A panel of Supreme Court justices decided Tuesday to return Vanunu to prison after the former technician at the Dimona nuclear plant was denied his request to serve his community service in Arab eastern Jerusalem. He told the judges that he worried about being attacked in west Jerusalem by angry Israelis.

Vanunu was jailed in Israel for discussing details of his work as a Dimona technician with the British Sunday Times. He reportedly revealed Israeli nuclear secrets and gave the newspaper photographs of the plant's operation.

Under the terms of his parole, Vanunu also is prohibited from leaving the country or approaching foreign embassies.

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