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February 13, 2013 8:41 am

Australia Seeks Answers Over Death of “Prisoner X” in Israel

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Ben Zygier AKA Prisoner X. Photo: ABC News

JPost – Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr is seeking answers from his own department in the wake a TV expose of the reported suicide by an Australian citizen held in isolation in an Israeli jail. According to the Australian Associated Press, Carr maintains that “he was acting on Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advice when he told the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent program this week that the government knew nothing of Mr Zygier’s detention until after his death in 2010.” Meanwhile, Israeli Ambassador to Australia Yuval Rotem met with the Australian opposition’s foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop on Wednesday

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Australia’s ABC station quoted Bishop as saying that the reported fate of the prisoner is “a matter that I’ll raise directly with the Israeli embassy to get an understanding of the basis for it.”

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