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(photo credit: Ron Friedman)
The sentencing pleas in the Anat Kamm case began Thursday behind closed doors in
the Tel Aviv District Court.
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Due to the nature of some of the evidence
and testimonies, which concern secret documents dealing with matters of state
security, the media, the public and Kamm’s own family members were asked to exit
the courtroom, with only the parties themselves and the courthouse staff
The judges also had a special closed circuit computer
system installed so they could access the case material without fear of a
Kamm was convicted in February of possession and
distribution of secret information, after signing a plea bargain with the state,
which agreed to reduce her charges from the original indictment of espionage
with intent to harm national security.
As part of the deal, Kamm
confessed that she had handed over to Haaretz journalist Uri Blau thousands of
secret documents she had stolen from her army base while serving as an assistant
to the OC of Central Command.
The maximum sentence for the offense is 15
years in prison, but Kamm’s defense team, led by Avigdor Feldman, is expected to
argue in favor of a far lesser sentence, claiming that no harm had resulted from
her actions and that in any case they were the product of a young and
idealistic, albeit misguided, mind.
In numerous media interviews, Kamm
has said that she leaked the information because she thought it would bring to
light injustices committed by the IDF.
Kamm has spent nearly two years
under house arrest and is forced to be accompanied everywhere she goes, even to
bathroom brakes during the trial.
A second hearing was scheduled for July
On Wednesday, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein’s office said they had
held a pre-indictment hearing for Blau, before charging him with possession of
secret information, and that Weinstein would decide by the end of the month on
whether or not to go ahead and charge him.