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Israel to give 'Prisoner X' family $1.4m payout: ministry

Published on Sep 11, 2013 3:54 PM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel is to pay more than S$1.4 million to the family of an alleged Mossad spy who hanged himself in prison in 2010, the justice ministry has said.

"After negotiations, the two parties (Israel and the family) have reached an agreement whereby the state will pay 4 million shekels (S$1.4 million) to the deceased's family," the ministry said in a statement late on Tuesday.

The family of Ben Zygier, an Australian-Israeli known as "Prisoner X", had accused Israel of negligence in dealing with his case, according to the statement.

Zygier was found hanged in his isolation cell in Ayalon prison near Tel Aviv in December 2010 - a case Israel went to extreme lengths to cover up.

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