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  2/14/2013, Adar 4, 5773

Australian FM: We Knew of Zygier's Arrest in 2010


Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr on Thursday admitted the Australian government knew of the detention in Israel of Ben Zygier at the time it occurred.

Carr initially said he only became aware of the man's incarceration after his death, but AFP reported that he told a parliamentary committee the information was gathered through intelligence channels.

"They provided the name of the citizen, in relation to serious offences under Israeli national security legislation," he said, adding that Canberra sought assurances that he was not being mistreated.