2013年2月27日水曜日

Jail Suicide of Australian

豪州人がイスラエルの刑務所で自殺した。
 イスラエル議会の外交防衛委員会は、同国の諜報機関モサドの元スパイ
とされた豪州からの移民男性の獄中死をめぐり、調査を開始すると発表した。

Ben Zygier
・豪州籍 男性 ユダヤ系 34才
・2010年 イスラエルの刑務所で死亡。自殺と断定。

刑務官への容疑
・2名の事務官(?)と2名の監督官が職務怠慢容疑。
・自殺願望があるため、特別監視要請があったが、実行しなかった。
・検視結果は、首つり。
・血液から抗不安薬がみつかる。

外交防衛委員会小委員会
・2010年12月に獄中で死亡した拘束者に関する事件について、あらゆる
 側面から徹底的に調査することを決めた。

ネタニヤフ政権
・裁判所の禁止命令や軍による検閲、報道機関への要請などを通じて国内
 報道を規制。

イスラエル刑務所
・数年前の自殺者は12人以上
・2011年の自殺者は4人以上
・2011年の自殺者は3人以上

Der Spiegel
・豪州の諜報員の可能性がある。

クウェートの新聞
・Zygier氏は2010年にUEAのドバイでハマス幹部が暗殺された事件に関与
 していたとされる。
・ジギヤ氏がモサドを裏切ったり、豪州当局にスパイ活動を漏らしたり
 したとイスラエル側が疑っていた。

イスラエルの刑務所では、受刑者が10人以上自殺しているとのこと。
刑務官は、自殺の幇助はしないが、監視をしないらしい。
そんな中、豪州人が受刑者となり、自殺した。
豪州人の犯罪歴が不明で、イスラエル政府は報道規制。
豪州人は、二重諜報員やモサド情報の漏洩等の犯罪との噂がある。

2010年、ドバイでハマス幹部が暗殺され、各国の在留イスラエル大使館
が旅券を偽造し、大使が追放されている。
偽造された旅券の写真をみれば、直接関与しているか明確になる。
ハマス幹部暗殺関与説は突飛だが、根拠は何だろうか。

ハマスとイスラエル
ハマス幹部暗殺事件 モサド協力者逮捕
ドバイ ハマス暗殺主犯格拘束


Association for Civil Rights in Israel Wins Lifting of Gag Order in Secretive Death of "Prisoner X"


Prisoner X: "Should you be breaking Australia's laws as well?"


---イスラエル政府、「元スパイ」移民の獄中死めぐり報道規制---
2013年 02月 18日 15:09 JST
http://jp.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idJPTYE91H02B20130218

 [エルサレム 17日 ロイター] イスラエル議会の外交防衛委員会は17日、同国の諜報機関モサドの元スパイとされたオーストラリアからの移民男性の獄中死をめぐり、調査を開始すると発表した。
 この男性は2010年にイスラエルの刑務所で死亡したユダヤ系のベン・ジギヤ氏(当時34)。オーストラリアのテレビ局が12日、安全保障にかかわる容疑で拘束されていた同氏が獄中で死亡、自殺と断定されていたと報道したことで問題が発覚し、メディアの関心が高まる中、イスラエルのネタニヤフ首相も国の安全を損なうリスクがあると言及する騒ぎになっている。
 外交防衛委員会の小委員会は、声明で「2010年12月に獄中で死亡した拘束者に関する事件について、あらゆる側面から徹底的に調査することを決めた」としている。
 この問題をめぐって、先月の総選挙で勝利したネタニヤフ政権は、裁判所の禁止命令や軍による検閲、報道機関への要請などを通じて国内報道を規制。ただ、ジギヤ氏の刑務所での状況や監視の厳しい独房でどのように自殺を遂げたかなど、当局側に説明を求める声は収まっていない。
 クウェートの新聞が西側筋の話として伝えたところでは、ジギヤ氏は2010年にアラブ首長国連邦(UAE)のドバイでパレスチナのイスラム原理主義組織ハマス幹部が暗殺された事件に関与していたとされる。また、ジギヤ氏がモサドを裏切ったり、オーストラリア当局にスパイ活動を漏らしたりしたとイスラエル側が疑っていたとの報道もある。


---Israel Prison Service personnel may be tried for Zygier's suicide---
Edna Adato, Eli Leon and News Agencies
Wednesday February 20, 2013
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=7448

Four relatively low-level Prison Service employees likely to be tried for dereliction of duty in Zygier suicide * Der Spiegel: Ben Zygier worked for a front company in Milan that gave him access to military and security installations; was recruited for Mossad through Melbourne's Jewish community security organization.

On Tuesday the Israeli government released ten of the 29 pages of a report into the death of Ben Zygier, following the partial curtailment of a sweeping gag order in the case.

Zygier, according to foreign reports, was a suspected Mossad agent, who killed himself for unknown reasons in an Israeli jail in December 2010.

"There is evidence that omissions by personnel of the Israel Prison Service caused Ben Zygier's death," the president of the Rishon Letzion Magistrate's Court, Judge Daphna Blatman Kedrai wrote in the Dec. 19, 2012 report.

Following release of the report, it was decided on Wednesday that four Israel Prison Service employees, two officers and two wardens, will be placed on trial for dereliction of duty in the case. The two wardens were working in the control room that received images from Prisoner X's cell. At this stage it is not clear whether they will face disciplinary or criminal trials. The attorney-general will make a decision in the coming days.

According to the report, Zygier used a wet sheet to hang himself from the bars of the bathroom window in his high-surveillance cell in Ayalon prison. On Tuesday Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein agreed to partial publication of the report.

The investigation into the circumstances of Zygier's death raises questions as to whether Israel Prison Service personnel were derelict in their duty when they failed to prevent his suicide.

Zygier was found dead on Dec. 15, 2010 at 8:19 p.m., when he was found hanging in the bathroom of Cell 15.

"The duties placed on personnel of the Israel Prison Service regarding the deceased were particularly complex and onerous, in light of the secrecy and lack of transparency surrounding the instructions as to how to supervise him," the judge wrote. "At the same time, the prison staff were told to conduct special surveillance over him because he was potentially suicidal, and these orders were fully apparent to those supervising him. These supervision orders were not carried out properly and during the prisoner's "suicidal window of opportunity," the worst actually occurred and he killed himself."

The report shows that the state asked the court to close the case after the cause of death was investigated without finding a guilty party, on the claim that "it was not learned from the investigation that the death of the deceased was caused by some criminal offense, including causing death through negligence." On the other hand, Zygier's family claimed that "the investigation raised a series of omissions that are tantamount to causing death by negligence."

The judge rejected the government's request, writing, "I found that there is evidence of guilt on the part of Israel Prison Service personnel in causing the death of the deceased. However, the decision whether or not to put someone on trial involves additional considerations, like the strength of the evidence and the enforcement policy. The state must reconsider its position on whether to place someone on trial." As a result, the judge transferred her decision and the material gathered in the case to the state attorney, which is at present examining whether Zygier's death was caused by negligence.

Anti-anxiety pills in his blood

Regarding Zygier's actual death, medical law expert Dr. Ricardo Nahman found that Zygier died of strangulation caused by the tightening of the loop in the sheet around his neck. Traces of anti-anxiety medication were found in his blood, but it was determined that this did not change the cause of death.

In the course of the investigation, the possibility that an additional person was involved in Zygier's death was examined, but the judge determined that evidence at the scene of the crime negated the possibility that he had been harmed by a third party. The judge said it was incontrovertible that no one had helped Zygier commit suicide and that he did so of his own free will. "While the deceased was found hanging in the shower room of the cell, this does not rule out the theoretical possibility that another person might have taken an active part in bringing about his death in this way."

"The evidence found at the scene, the findings of the toxicological exam and examination of imprisonment conditions, are all factors that negated the possibility that another person was involved in the deceased's death." Zygier's wife agreed to have an autopsy performed on her husband's body after his death, as part of the investigation by the Unit of International Crime Investigations.

Attorneys Roi Belchar, Boaz Ben-Zur and Moshe Mazor, who represented Zygier, responded to the report saying, "There is no doubt in our minds that in light of the judge's clear decision, as well as additional findings that will come to light at the end of the investigation, the attorney-general and state attorney will use all means necessary to ensure that this tragedy does not repeat itself."

Israel Prison Service Commissioner Lt. Gen. Aharon Franko, on Tuesday addressed the report in a conversation with commanders in the prison service. He said that "the service has managed to reduce suicides. In 2011 four prisoners committed suicide and in 2012 it was only three, unlike in previous years when the number of suicides was 12 and higher."

Regarding Zygier's specific case, Franko said that the prison service, as an organization, is learning and drawing system-wide lessons and addressing omissions.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister's Office issued an unusual statement on Tuesday regarding the Zygier case.

"Contrary to what has been widely reported, Zygier was not in contact with Australian security services or organizations," the Prime Minister's Office, which oversees the Mossad, said in a statement.

"The State of Israel and all its organizations has excellent relations and complete coordination with Australia and its security organizations and there is total transparency in dealing with subjects that come up," reads the statement.

Meanwhile, Germany's Der Spiegel reported Tuesday that Ben Zygier worked for a front company that operated in Milan, and the nature of his work gave him access to secret military and security facilities.

"The company is reported to have vouched as Zygier's employer when he applied for a work visa at the Italian consulate in Melbourne in 2005. That, at least, is what Australian intelligence agents claim," the report said.

Two other Australian Israelis worked alongside him in the company, Paul Y. and David Z.

In his youth Zygier got involved with the "Community Security Group" in Melbourne, a kind of Jewish citizens' defense league. "These groups often have links to Mossad and are instructed by agents," the report said. But according to Reuters, the Jewish community defence group in Melbourne says "Ben Zygier was never a member of the Community Security Group" as claimed in the Spiegel news report.

According to the article, his two friends were recruited in this way as well. After the three had made aliyah, they visited Australia and changed their names. Zygier changed his name to Benjamin Burrows and Benjamin Allen. The two other agents, Paul Y and David Z, changed their names as well.

In 2009, Australian intelligence took an interest in the three men. Suspicions arose when they noticed that Zygier, who had asked to change his name, visited Iran, and that his two colleagues spent a lot of time in Syria, Iran, Egypt and Dubai. It also turned out that during his time in Tehran in 2004, David Z. asked for help from the Australian Consulate in the city.

The suspicions against Zygier also increased because in 2009, when he was living in Melbourne, Zygier had a tendency to befriend Saudi and Iranian students at Monash University where he was studying. According to reports, Australian intelligence already planned to arrest Zygier, but Israel beat them to it.

The British MI6 had also set its sights on David Z. after he submitted a request for a British passport, according to the report.

Meanwhile, after several days of silence the Australian Jewish community on Tuesday officially welcomed the investigations and publication of reports into Zygier's death. On Tuesday it was reported in Australia that the government in Canberra had not asked Israel for photographs of Zygier's last moments in his cell.


---MKs protest ‘suppression of news about jail suicide of Australian’---
By Times of Israel staff February 12, 2013, 6:35 pm Updated: February 12, 2013, 8:29 pm
http://www.timesofisrael.com/mks-protest-suppression-of-news-about-jail-suicide-of-australian/

Israel’s TV news broadcasts all open with sketchy reports of incident, linking it with cases of espionage against Israel over the decades

A series of Knesset members on Tuesday spoke out in parliament against what they said were efforts by the Prime Minister’s Office to suppress publication of a sensitive episode concerning an Australian citizen who had committed suicide in an Israeli jail.

The Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday convened members of a hitherto defunct “Editors’ Committee” to seek their cooperation in the matter, the MKs said.

MK Ahmad Tibi (Ra’am Ta’al) asked Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman to respond to reports that “an Australian citizen who was being held in Israel under an assumed name committed suicide in jail.”

Neeman said the matter was not part of his purview, adding that questions over such matters should be out to the minister of public security. Still, said Neeman, “there is no doubt that if these claims are correct, this has to be checked.”

The acting speaker of the Knesset, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, told MKs that the minister of public security, Yitzhak Aharonovitch, would be available in parliament on Wednesday, and that legislators could question him about the affair.

Zahava Gal-on (Meretz) protested what she said was “the undemocratic process by which journalists volunteer to censor information at the request of the authorities.” She said she thought such phenomena had long since disappeared, and that gag orders should be applied only when there was a clear threat to national security. She also protested that editors were given information that was being withheld from members of Knesset.

How could it be, Gal-on asked, that “prisoners held under assumed names commit suicide and nobody knows about them”?

Labor’s Nachman Shai said that the public would find out about the affair anyway sooner or later, and “it would be better to tell the public the truth, within certain security parameters.”

Dov Khenin (Hadash) noted that the information was available from overseas sources on the Internet in any case, and claimed the aim of the suppression was thus not to protect national security but rather “to prevent open public debate” surrounding the affair.

Israel’s main nightly TV news programs opened their broadcasts with the sketchily reported story on Tuesday night, showing footage of the various Knesset members complaining about the story’s suppression. One of the TV stations, Channel 10, making plain that it was hampered by restrictions on what it could report, supplemented its coverage with a report on the history of Israelis who had leaked Israeli secrets to the Soviet Union and others through the decades. Among those it mentioned was Mordechai Vanunu, a former technician at Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor, who was jailed for treason after selling the so-called secrets of Israel’s nuclear arsenal to London’s Sunday Times in the 1980s.

Even Israel’s most sensitive security hierarchies, this report concluded, have proven not to be immune to espionage.

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