State seeks to prove Vanunu still has classified data
12 July 04
Mordechai Vanunu arrived yesterday at the High Court of Justice for a closed-door hearing on his petition against restrictions placed on him after his release from jail in April.
The State Prosecution claims that he is still a danger to the state, following an expert's opinion that his prison notebooks contain previously unpublished information on the Dimona nuclear reactor.
Vanunu, who served an 18-year sentence for revealing Israel's nuclear secrets to the Sunday Times of London, said at the hearing that he "hopes for justice based on democracy, human rights and freedom of speech."
The court's decision will be based on whether Vanunu has harmful information, said High Court President Aharon Barak.
Vanunu's petition, filed by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, protests restrictions such as the need to notify authorities of his movements and a ban on participating in Internet chats.