WORLD IN BRIEF : ISRAEL : Vanunu's Treason Appeal Is Rejected

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Israeli Supreme Court rejected former nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu's appeal of his conviction for treason and espionage resulting from his leaks about Israel's nuclear weapons program to a London newspaper. The three-judge panel upheld his 18-year prison term. Vanunu, 35, a former employee at the Dimona nuclear reactor in the Negev desert, has been in solitary confinement for almost four years since Israel spirited him back from London to face trial. His 1986 disclosures to the London Sunday Times infuriated Israeli leaders.

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