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(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
After the Tel Aviv District Court sentenced Anat Kamm to four-and-a-half years
imprisonment on Sunday, state prosecutor Hadas Porrer-Gefni told reporters the
panel of three judges had given a “strong message” to young people on mandatory
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“The court said that what the defendant has done is not
just ‘something dumb’ but emphasized, just as we had done, that this is actually
a very severe offense,” Porrer-Gefni said, referring to Kamm’s testimony that
she had transferred the classified documents out of “mere stupidity.”
prosecutor said young people should be made aware of the sentence before
embarking on their mandatory IDF service.
“The judgement should be
learned in every school and every basic training unit in the army, so that
anyone who thinks he can take classified documents knows what punishment he will
get,” she said.
Though the prosecutor made a point of praising the judges
for giving a warning to young people serving in the IDF, she declined to comment
on the sentence itself, saying the prosecution will decide within a few days
whether to appeal against it. Prosecutors had asked for a punishment of 15
years, the maximum penalty for the offenses for which Kamm was convicted in
However, the judges said during Sunday’s hearing that in
passing sentence on Kamm they had taken into account the mitigating
circumstances of her young age at the time of the offenses, her lack of a
criminal record, and that she had cooperated readily with the investigation
including giving a full confession.
Kamm is also unlikely to commit
similar offenses in the future, the judges said.
Prof. Emmanuel Gross, an
expert in criminal law from the University of Haifa, told The Jerusalem Post
sentence imposed on Kamm was “fair and balanced,” and reflected the fact that
the more serious charge of intending to harm state security had been dropped
from the amended indictment under the plea bargain agreed with the
“The state had also accepted that Kamm had not deliberately tried
to harm state security,” said Gross.
However, the sentence is
sufficiently harsh, he said, particularly taking into account Kamm’s young age
and the fact that court ruled not to deduct from her prison term the two years
she has spent under house arrest.
In passing sentence, the judges had
noted that “the whole military system is based on young, motivated people in
complex and confidential positions...that allows them access to
classified information of the highest order.”
“The sentence should deter
other young people from similar acts and make them aware of the dangers of
passing on classified information,” Gross said.