Supreme Court hears Anat Kamm's appeal for lighter sentence

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July 30, 2012 15:26
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Lawyers for Anat Kamm, the former IDF OC Central Command secretary serving four and a half years in prison for serious espionage crimes, told the Supreme Court on Monday that Kamm's sentence should be significantly reduced.

Kamm was convicted last February in a plea bargain, in which she admitted collecting and storing classified military documents and passing them to Uri Blau, a Haaretz journalist.

Her appeal hearing came a week after the Tel Aviv District Court convicted Blau of aggravated espionage (possession of classified information), after he agreed to plead guilty under the terms of a plea deal reached between his lawyers and state prosecutors.  The prosecution recommended that the court sentence Blau to four months in prison but asked that this run as community service. However the court has not yet accepted that request,  and have asked the Community Service Commissioner to present a report on the suitability of the sentence.

In Monday's Supreme Court hearing, Kamm's attorney Ilan Bombach's main line of defense was that Kamm had received a far harsher sentence than that proposed for Blau and that sentences handed down to defendants in other national security cases had also been lighter.

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