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The headstone of Ben Zygier is photographed in the Chevra Kadisha Jewish Cemetery in Melbourne on February 14, 2013.

The headstone of Ben Zygier is photographed in the Chevra Kadisha Jewish Cemetery in Melbourne on February 14, 2013.

A report says the Australian-Israeli ‘Mossad agent’ who allegedly committed suicide in an Israeli prison in 2010 was not the only one to be held under a false name. Citing sources familiar with the affair of Ben Zygier, known as Prisoner X to conceal his identity, Israeli website Ynetnew reported that “in many cases, the Israeli detainees are in greater danger of being locked up under an assumed name and ‘disappearing’.” “Detainees vanish into interrogation rooms; no one knows where they are,” one of the sources said. "When an Israeli is detained for security offenses, a process begins, but no one knows how it will end," another source said. On February 12, reporter Trevor Bormann revealed on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that the 34-year-old who had worked for Mossad for ten years was “found hanged in a cell with state-of-the-art surveillance systems” near Tel Aviv in December 2010. "He disappears into interrogation rooms, and no one knows where he is. They do it using two tools: A gag order and an injunction that prevents the detainee from meeting with an attorney,” the source added. "In this manner, the detainee is interrogated without being aware of his rights and without meeting anyone. The entire system is recruited to make him disappear.” "For instance, Izzat Nafso, the IDF intelligence officer who served in the Lebanese Liaison Unit and was suspected of espionage and aiding the enemy, was detained without the knowledge of his family. He was interrogated for 14 days, and was tortured during the questioning," the source added. Following the revelation, the Tel Aviv regime was forced to admit that Zygier had been jailed under a false identity “for security reasons” despite nearly two years of great efforts to cover up the secret. A report by the New York Times quoting the Kuwaiti daily Al Jarida on Thursday, said Zygier was among the 26 suspects in a murder plot in which Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a Hamas official, was tracked and killed in his hotel room hours after his arrival in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, in January 2010. The assassins had reportedly used fake passports from Australia, Britain, Ireland, Germany and France, among other countries. The report added that Prisoner X had provided the officials in Dubai with “names and pictures and accurate details” in exchange for protection. However, the Israeli regime kidnapped him from his hideout and jailed him over treason nearly a month after the operation over the speculation that he had been on the verge of exposing Tel Aviv’s secrets about the passports. DB/MA
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