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    Nuclear whistleblower Vanunu arrested in Jerusalem

    Mordechai Vanunu, who was freed in April after 18 years in an Israeli prison for revealing the country's nuclear ambitions, was re-arrested Thursday, police said.

    Mr Vanunu is suspected of having communicated "secret information to foreigners" and of having violated the restrictions imposed on him by Israeli security services after his release from prison, police said.

    The former Israeli nuclear technician, 50, was taken into custody at an east Jerusalem hotel, where police seized documents found in his room, they said.

    Since his release on April 21 after 18 years in prison, Vanunu has been subject to a series of sweeping restrictions, including a ban on travelling abroad as well as holding unauthorised meetings with foreigners.

    He was also banned from leaving Israel for at least a year.

    Mr Vanunu was abducted by Israeli secret service agents in Italy, smuggled back to Israel and then jailed in 1986 after leaking top-secret details about the Dimona nuclear plant in the southern Negev desert to the Sunday Times.

    In July, Israel's supreme court rejected an appeal file by Mr Vanunu, who sought the lifting of what he believed were unfairly severe restrictions.

    Mr Vanunu has said that he wants to leave Israel after not only lifting the lid on the country's nuclear ambitions but also converting to Christianity.

    "I don't like Israel. I don't want to live in Israel. I want to be free and to leave Israel," he said in July.

    Israel has never admitted to having nuclear weapons, but is believed to possess an arsenal of about 200 warheads.

    -AFP
 
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