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Scottish gov`t backs calls to free Israeli nukes whistleblower

Posted: 2008-10-03
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The Scottish gov`t is backing a British campaign for the release of Mordechai Vanunu, who alerted the world about the extent of Israel`s secret nuclear weapons programme over two decades ago.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond revealed his government's support by sending a letter to the Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Committee when signing a petition, organized by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

"The Scottish Government is well aware of the campaign by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and supports the lifting of all restrictions imposed on Mr Mordechai Vanunu," Salmond said.

"We are sympathetic to Mr Vanunu's situation and we share his opposition to the proliferation of nuclear weapons," he told the committee.

The petition "urges the Scottish Government to make representations to the UK Government to ask the Israeli Government to lift all restrictions on Mr Mordechai Vanunu and allow him freedom to travel."

The whistleblower, who is a former nuclear technician, served 18 years in Israeli prisons after being kidnapped for revealing details about the Zionist regime's nuclear weapons program to the British press in 1986. He is still subjected to restrictions.

In 1994, Vannanu was elected as Rector of Glasgow University, but he was prevented Israeli authorities from taking up the post, which ended in February this year.

A joint statement from Scotland's other four university rectors, including Robin Harper MSP, also support the campaign, saying he had "in support of international law and in opposition to aggressive wars and weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East."

Since his conviction, Amnesty International human rights group has described the whistleblower as a "prisoner of conscience" and called for his immediate and unconditional release. --IRNA
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