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September 11, 2013 7:02 am

Israel Settles With Family of Mossad Agent Who Committed Suicide

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The grave of Ben Zygier. Photo: Facebook.

JNS.orgThe Israeli government will pay the family of Australian-born Israeli Mossad agent Ben Zygier 4 million shekels, or $1.1 million, in compensation as part of a settlement deal reached over Zygier’s 2010 suicide, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Tuesday.

Zygier, who became known as “Prisoner X,” was arrested in January 2010 over serious national security-related charges. He committed suicide in December that year, while he was held in solitary confinement at the maximum-security Ayalon Prison.

The agreement between the state and the family followed months of negotiations. The settlement includes no admission of responsibility by the Israel Prison Service over Zygier’s death. The family has also agreed not to bring a civil suit against Israeli authorities and has reportedly signed a nondisclosure agreement barring it from ever revealing the full terms of the settlement.

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