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Mordechai Vanunu

 Mordechai Vanunu was convicted in a secret trial

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"I have sacrificed my freedom and risked my life in order to expose the danger of nuclear weapons which threatens this whole region. I acted on behalf of all citizens and all of humanity."

Israeli intelligence agents brought Vanunu back to Israel where he was secretly tried and convicted of treason and espionage. Israeli citizens and the rest of the world were not allowed to listen to his defense. 

A photo taken by Vanunu of the Dimona Control Room

He was sentenced to eighteen years in prison. He has served over eleven and a half years in solitary confinement. 

English translations of investigation and trial  |  Vanunu's Testimony on Nov. 24,1999

In 2001 the conditions of his confinement changed, and he was allowed visits from his immediate family, his lawyer, and an Anglican clergyman, but no one else. Amnesty International and world leaders pleaded with Israel for his release. Vanunu was released from Shikma prison in the coastal town of Ashkelon in Israel on April 21, 2001. Severe restrictions accompanied his release. He may not contact foreigners nor leave Israel for six months. And he is not allowed to worship in a church or temple of his choice. These restrictions may be extended indefinitely.


Vanunu has not changed his mind. He waved a peace sign leaving the prison ...

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