Australian prisoner identified as Ben Zygier

The name of the Australian, who in 2010 committed suicide in a secret Israeli prison cell, has been released. He was identified as Ben Zygier, a Mossad agent originally from Melbourne who took the Hebrew name of Ben Alon. He was held in solitary confinement in a top security cell. His story has been withheld under a strict Israeli gag order.

Australian foreign minister Bob Carr has ordered a new investigation into Canberra’s conduct in the affair, his spokesman said early Wednesday, after it emerged that Israeli authorities told a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv about the arrest of Australian citizen Ben Zygier. But the diplomat never relayed the information to Canberra through the conventional channels.

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