Evidence suggests a prisoner found dead in a high security
Israeli prison, whose incarceration has not been acknowledged
by the country's justice system or government, was an
Ben Zygier, know in Israel as Ben Alon, was found dead in a
high security hermetically sealed cell specially constructed
for the assassin of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, the
ABC's Foreign Correspondent program has revealed.
Local and international media have speculated that Mr Zygier
was the so-called Prisoner X, one of the Israeli security
community's most sensitive secrets.
The ABC reports Mr Zygier was initially jailed in the cell
and sealed from the outside world in early 2010.
Mr Zygier's arrest and jailing remains a mystery, but the ABC
believes he was recruited by Israeli spy agency Mossad.
The Israeli government went to great lengths to keep his
It is claimed guards didn't know who they were watching and
when reports appeared on an Israeli news website stating that
a man was found dead in the Prisoner X cell authorities shut
down the site.
Israeli courts have prohibited and publication or public
discussion of Prisoner X.
The ABC's Foreign Correspondent reported that Mr Zygier was
34 when he was found dead.
He moved to Israel about 10 years earlier and had married to
an Israeli woman and fathered two children.
Seven days after his death, his body was flown to Melbourne
where he was buried in Chevra Kadisha Jewish cemetery on
The ABC sought comment from Mr Zygier's family, friends and
acquaintances but all refused to comment.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the government had not been
informed by Mr Zygier's family or anyone else of his
Mr Carr said the Zygier family would need to contact him if
he was to take the matter up with Israel.
He said concerns that Australians were working for Mossad
"Australians should not be working, performing intelligence
gathering functions for a foreign government using their
passport," Mr Carr told the ABC.
"They would have breached, I would guess, half-a-dozen laws
by doing that."
Greens leader Christine Milne says she'll encourage Senator
Carr to press the Israeli government about the circumstances
surrounding Mr Zygier's detention and death.
She said it wasn't enough for the foreign minister to merely
say he couldn't do anything because the Zygier family hadn't
"It is incredible that an Australian citizen, a dual citizen,
is alleged to have been held in the manner that was
suggested," she told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.