Court Rejects Vanunu Petition

The High Court of Justice this week rejected two petitions submitted by former nuclear technician Mordecai Vanunu, who asked that he be released from prison and allowed to return to Italy.

Vanunu, once a technician employed at Israel’s nuclear facility at Dimona in southern Israel, is serving an 18-year sentence for disclosing Israel’s nuclear weapons capabilities to The Times of London.

In 1986, he was lured from London to Rome, where he was kidnapped by Israeli agents, who brought him to Israel.

He was tried there in secret and convicted of treason in March 1988.

The content of the petitions filed this week was classified, but it was reported that he challenged the circumstances under which he was brought to Israel to stand trial.

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