Prisoner X2 Held on ‘Grave’ Security Offense

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters/Hamodia) -

Israel has secretly jailed a member of its security services for a grave offense, a prominent Israeli lawyer said on Tuesday, describing the case as riveting and sensational.

Avigdor Feldman, a lawyer who specializes in matters of national security and legal advisor to a previous security prisoner, dubbed “Prisoner X” by the media — said in a radio interview that he knew of a second detainee, whom he described as “Prisoner X2.”

Feldman declined to elaborate on the second inmate other than to say he was male, Jewish, held Israeli citizenship and had worked for the government’s secret services.

Asked to describe the detainee’s alleged offenses, Feldman told a local Tel Aviv radio station: “Without getting into details? Grave…sensational…amazing.”

MK Miri Regev (Likud), chairwoman of the Knesset internal affairs committee, said the meeting will convene later Tuesday to review the case.

Meretz chair Zahava Gal-On accused Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch of giving a “false report” to the Knesset when he said that “there are no hidden prisoners in the State of Israel.”

An official from the Public Security Ministry said in response: “The minister’s statement should be read in full. From it, it can be understood that no hidden prisoners exist when there’s judicial supervision.”