February 18th, 2013
05:07 AM ET

Israel to probe arrest, death of 'Prisoner X'

After a week of international controversy, Israel says it will investigate the case of an Australian-Israeli citizen known as 'Prisoner X' - a man whose detainment and death in an Israeli cell remain cloaked in mystery.

A parliamentary committee announced the inquiry Sunday, saying it will look into all aspects of the case involving the prisoner, who died in December 2010.

The announcement came the same day Israel's prime minister said an "overexposure of security and intelligence activity" could harm state security.

The case of Prisoner X has sparked widespread debate in Israel over government censorship and the country's prison system.

The prisoner's name has never been revealed by Israel.

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  1. saywhat

    According to Australian news papers & their agencies the Australian mossad spy Zieger was about to blow the whistle when he 'died'.
    He wanted to reveal use of foreign passports by Israeli spies and hit squads for acts of terrorism, assassinations etc in foreign countries.

    February 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Now that does not surprise me at all.

      February 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Good morning @bobcat
    And then he 'died' in an Israeli prison.

    February 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ saywhat, maybe what they meant to say is he was about to blow the whistle when he was arrested.

    February 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |