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        2/13/2013, Adar 3, 5773

      Court Removes Gag Order on Australian Prisoner X


      The District Court in Lod removed the gag order on an investigation into Israel's mysterious Prisoner X, an Australian citizen named Ben Zygier who allegedly committed suicide in an Israeli prison in 2010.

      The story of the so-called Prisoner X first surfaced in May 2010 when Israel's Ynet news website ran a story in which it alleged that a prisoner was being held in top-secret conditions whose identity and crime were not even known to his jailers.

      But the story was quickly taken offline due to an Israeli government gagging order. 

      Renewed interest in the story was sparked on Tuesday when the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "Foreign Correspondent" program identified the prisoner as an Australian national from Melbourne who it said was recruited by Israel's Mossad spy agency.