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Israeli Nuclear Spy Appears in Court

May 24, 2004

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) _ Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed Israel’s nuclear secrets, attended a court hearing in a civil matter Monday, in his first public appearance since being released from prison last month.

Since his April 21 release, Vanunu has been staying at a Jerusalem church.

Vanunu appeared in the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court to testify in a civil case.

Vanunu was released from an Israeli prison last month after serving an 18-year prison sentence for providing The Sunday Times of London with information and pictures of Israel’s nuclear reactor.

Based on the pictures and information provided by Vanunu _ who worked as a technician in the reactor _ experts assessed at the time that Israel has the sixth-largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world.

After his release from prison Vanunu _ a convert to Christianity _ stayed St. George, an Anglican Church in Jerusalem’s Old City.

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