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Israel admits it held Australian 'Prisoner X'

"Israel has confirmed it jailed an Australian-Israeli citizen, known as "Prisoner X", in solitary confinement on security grounds who later died in custody.

The justice ministry broke its silence on Wednesday after Australia's ABC news network first revealed the identity of the 34-year-old man who had used three different names, including Ben Zygier, Ben Allen, and Ben Alon.

"For security reasons the man was held under a false identity although his family was immediately informed of his arrest," the ministry said.

The man was found dead in his cell and a judicial inquiry ruled he took his own life, the ministry added in a statement, although it did not reveal his identity or the charges against him."



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