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Israel's Prisoner X 'hanged self in shower'

An anonymous prisoner who died in an Israeli prison in 2010, identified by the press as Australian-Israeli Mossad agent Ben Zygier, hanged himself in the bathroom of his cell, court documents said Tuesday. "The deceased was found hanging in the shower of his detention cell, with a sheet around his neck tied to the window of the bathroom," read the protocol, issued after a hearing at Rishon LeTzion Magistrates Court near Tel Aviv.

Israel's Prisoner X 'hanged self in shower'

An anonymous prisoner who died in an Israeli prison in 2010, identified by the press as Australian-Israeli Mossad agent Ben Zygier, hanged himself in the bathroom of his cell, court documents said Tuesday. "The deceased was found hanging in the shower of his detention cell, with a sheet around his neck tied to the window of the bathroom," read the protocol, issued after a hearing at Rishon LeTzion Magistrates Court near Tel Aviv.

Spotlight on Mossad after mystery prisoner death

The mysterious arrest and suicide of an Australian-Israeli with Mossad ties in a top-secret prison cell near Tel Aviv has raised questions about how Israel's shadowy spy outfit chooses its agents. While some reports suggested the man now identified as Ben Zygier may have been a loose-lipped braggart with psychological problems, a veteran Israeli defence analyst dismissed the claims, saying it would have shown up clearly in the agency's exhaustive vetting procedures.

Spotlight on Mossad after mystery prisoner death

The mysterious arrest and suicide of an Australian-Israeli with Mossad ties in a top-secret prison cell near Tel Aviv has raised a questions about how Israel's shadowy spy outfit chooses its agents. While some reports suggested the man now identified as Ben Zygier may have been a loose-lipped braggart with psychological problems, a veteran Israeli defence analyst dismissed the claims, saying it would have shown up clearly in the agency's exhaustive vetting procedures.

UPDATE 1-Photo analysis casts doubt on Australian's reported hit squad link

(Edits) LONDON, Feb 15 (Reuters) - A forensic report commissioned by Reuters said on Friday that a suspect in the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai and a deceased Australian immigrant, reported to have been an Israeli spy, were not the same man. Israel has released few details on the case of Melbourne-born Ben Zygier, reported to have been a Mossad recruit found dead in an isolated prison cell in Israel in 2010. The silence has led to widespread speculation about the man's secret arrest and alleged crime.

Mystery Australian's next-of-kin seek compensation from Israel

* Newspaper reports "several million shekels" in damages * Negligence probed in reported spy's jailhouse suicide By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Relatives of an Australian immigrant to Israel who killed himself in 2010 while secretly jailed on charges of violating national security are seeking compensation from the state, a source briefed on the affair said on Friday.

Negligence charges likely in Israel 'Prisoner X' case

The circumstances surrounding the death of an Australian-Israeli man known as "Prisoner X" in an Israeli jail is likely to lead to negligence charges, the justice ministry said on Friday. An Israeli probe into the death in December 2010 of the prisoner identified in Australian media as Ben Zygier, a 34-year-old Australian Jew recruited by Israel's Mossad spy agency, found it was a case of suicide. But a justice ministry official who spoke to Israeli journalists said the judge handling the mysterious case has demanded a further probe "to examine issues of negligence".

Israel's mystery prisoner emerges from shadows

A profile of "Prisoner X", an Australian Jew found dead in a high security cell in Israel, is emerging from the shadows more than two years after his death with reports claiming he was a spy for Mossad. Any news about the man unveiled this week to be Ben Zygier, who moved to Israel more than a decade ago and officially committed suicide in 2010, had been censored by Israel. ABC television named the prisoner and now more details of who he was and how he lived are trickling out.
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