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Israel justice ministry extends travel ban for nuclear whistleblower

[JURIST] A travel ban on Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu [BBC profile] has been extended for another year, Vanunu's lawyer said Thursday. Israel's Ministry of Justice [official website] has rejected Vanunu's appeal, saying that he could reveal more military secrets. Vanunu has said he had no more secrets to tell and that he wanted to start a new life abroad. He has not yet decided whether to launch another appeal during the year-long restriction.

Vanunu was released from prison [JURIST report] in April 2004 after serving an 18-year sentence for telling nuclear secrets to the UK Sunday Times. He has been barred from leaving Israel [JURIST report] since leaving prison and was indicted in March 2005 for violating the strict terms [JURIST report] of his release. Reuters has more.

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