Israel arrests nuclear whistleblower Vanunu

Vanunu says that by refusing international inspections at Dimona, Israel inflames regional tensions.

Israel arrests nuclear whistleblower Vanunu

Israeli police on Tuesday arrested nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu on suspicion he spoke to foreigners.

He discussed his work as a technician at Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor with a British newspaper, an interview that led experts to conclude the facility had produced fissile material for as many as 200 atomic warheads.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Vanunu was detained on suspicion he met with several foreigners, in violation of the conditions of his 2004 release from prison. He's to appear in a Jerusalem court later Tuesday.

From the material, experts concluded that Israel had the world's sixth-largest nuclear arsenal.

Vanunu was later kidnapped by Israeli intelligence agents in Rome and brought back to Israel to stand trial.

He served 18 years in prison before being freed.

After his release from jail in 2004, Israeli defence authorities barred Vanunu from travelling abroad, alleging he has more details on the Dimona atomic reactor to divulge.

The restrictions, upheld by Israel's Supreme Court, have been condemned by international human rights groups.

Vanunu says he will pursue anti-nuclear activities and wants to live abroad.

Vanunu, a Jewish convert to Christianity, says that by refusing international inspections at Dimona, Israel inflames regional tensions and risks a "second Holocaust".



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