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A private firm that provides security guards for a mental home at Beer Yaacov was charged with negligence in the escape of Denis Michael William Rohan from the institution two weeks ago. The board of inquiry set up by the Health Ministry also blamed the institution’s medical staff but decided that there was insufficient grounds for legal action against any individual. Rohan, a former Australian sheep-herder who confessed to setting fire to the El Aksa mosque in Jerusalem on Aug. 21, 1969, was recaptured by Israeli police several hours after his escape. He has since been confined to a mental ward in the old Crusaders’ fortress at Acre.

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