E.c. Urges Pardon for Vanunu

The European Parliament appealed to Israeli President Chaim Herzog on Thursday to pardon Mordechai Vanunu or at least commute the 18-year prison sentence imposed on Israel’s convicted nuclear spy.

The 12-nation parliament, based in Strasbourg, France, agreed to take up the issue again in three months and review other possible courses of action.

Vanunu, a technician employed at the Israeli nuclear facility in Dimona, was convicted of espionage and treason for giving documents exposing Israel’s alleged nuclear weapons capabilities to the Sunday Times of London for publication.

An appeal against his sentence was dismissed by Israel’s High Court of Justice on May 27.

The European Parliament acted on a resolution introduced by two members of the British Parliament, representing the governing Conservative Party and the opposition Labor Party. A vote on it will be taken after the summer recess.

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