Australian PM: We have learned lessons from Zygier affair

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 7, 2013 10:30

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Thursday that Australia has learned some lessons from the "Prisoner X" affair, the Australian Associated Press reported.

Her comments came in response to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's (DFAT) report, which suggested that the ministry was informed at least three times of Israel's arrest of Australian-Israeli citizen Ben Zygier , who commited suicide in Israeli prison in 2010. Then foreign affairs minister Stephen Smith, however, says he has no recollection of ever being briefed, and on Thursday his office maintained that there was nothing to suggest the minister was ever personally briefed, according to the report.

"I think we've learned some lessons," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Gillard as saying, in her first response to the DFAT report.


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