Australia to probe mysterious ’10 Israel death of ‘Prisoner X’

Posted: February 14, 2013 at 1:49 a.m.

Australia’s foreign minister Wednesday ordered an investigation into his government’s handling of the 2010 detention and death of an Australian immigrant to Israel who was known as Prisoner X and potentially was a spy, as Israel partially lifted a gag order that had prevented local journalists from reporting about the case. An Australian news station reported Tuesday that Prisoner X was Ben Zygier — known in Israel as Ben Alon — a 34-year-old father of two who had been in Israel for a decade before he was found hanged in a top-security prison cell where he had apparently been held secretly and denied visitors and a lawyer.

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