Foreign Minister Bob Carr admitted Thursday Canberra knew an Australian had been detained by Tel Aviv in 2010 for national security offences, as media suggested he may have been held for treason.
The Haaretz carries a story on the suicide of an Australian prisoner with ties to Mossad on February 13, 2013 in Jerusalem. The man, identified by Australian media as Mossad agent Ben Zygier, committed suicide in a jail near Tel Aviv in a case the Israeli government went to extreme lengths to cover up, imposing media gagging orders.
Carr's revelation, following an earlier statement that he only became aware of the man's incarceration after his death, came after Israel confirmed it imprisoned a foreigner in solitary confinement on security grounds that year.
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