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15 November 2007

Barrett calls for release of whistleblower Vanunu

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today launched moves at Westminster to secure the release of Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli nuclear technician who lifted the lid on Israel’s nuclear weapons programme.

Mr Vanunu served eighteen years in prison in Israel for revealing Israel’s nuclear weapons programme to the London Times in 1986. Earlier this year he was again arrested and sentenced to six months imprisonment on the charge of ‘talking to foreigners’ by the Israeli Government.

Glasgow University students elected Mr Vanunu as Rector in 2004 and he has since been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and named a ‘prisoner of conscience’ by Amnesty International.

Mr Barrett has today launched a parliamentary motion calling on Foreign Office Ministers to work with the Israeli government to secure his release.

John Barrett said:

“It is time that the international community rallied around Mordechai Vanunu and recognised his bravery and personal sacrifice to the cause of peace in the Middle East.

“His continued imprisonment under charge of ‘talking to foreigners’ is an affront to freedom and democracy and we should be doing all we can to convince the Israeli Government to release him immediately.”

 

John Barrett has tabled the following Early Day Motion at Westminster:

EDM 232
IMPRISONMENT OF MORDECHAI VANUNU
13.11.2007
Barrett, John
That this House notes with concern the continued imprisonment of Mordechai Vanunu, who completed 18 years in prison in Israel in 2004 after revealing details of Israel’s nuclear weapons programme; further notes that since 2004 he has been subject to severe restrictions, including a ban on international travel; condemns the decision by the Israeli government to sentence Mr Vanunu to a new term of six months in prison for speaking to foreign nationals; further notes that he has been adopted by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience and was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize; and calls upon the Government to put necessary diplomatic pressure on the Israeli government to lift all restrictions on Mordechai Vanunu and allow him the freedom to travel.

 

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