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Knesset panel to discuss Vanunu's release terms

By Gideon Alon, Ha'aretz Correspondent
March 7, 2004

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/402060.html

Mordechai Vanunu's prison release conditions will be discussed on Monday by the Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee.

The discussion has been initiated by Meretz MK Zahava Gal-On, in response to reports that the security establishment wants to impose restrictions on the former nuclear plant technician when he completes his 18-year prison term in a few weeks.

Vanunu's brother, Meir, will take part in the hearing, as will delegates representing the Defense Ministry, the Prime Minister's Office, the State Prosecutor's Office, and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

Gal-On on Sunday explained that she has sponsored the discussion to examine why security officials believe that restrictions (such as refusal to issue a passport) are necessary in Vanunu's case, after the completion of his long prison term.

She stressed that she does not support Vanunu's actions, but said that slapping restrictions on him at this stage would represent a policy of vengeance. "The information in his possession is no longer relevant after so many years, so why is there a need to punish him further?" Vanunu is scheduled for release from prison on April 21.


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