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Israel's Prisoner X 'hanged self in shower' with sheet

Published on Feb 19, 2013 11:35 PM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - 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.

The court approved a request to loosen a gag order on publication of details from the inquest into the death of the prisoner, who was last week identified by Australian broadcaster ABC as Ben Zygier.

Israel has acknowledged only that a prisoner with a foreign passport had committed suicide.

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