14 February 2013
Professor Ben Saul says the solitary confinement and lonely death of an Australian, Ben Zygier or 'Prisoner X', in an Israeli prison raises many international law questions.
Writing in an opinion piece for ABC's The Drum, Professor Saul says whatever Zygier did to be accused of treason or espionage, Israel had an international law duty to respect his basic rights.
"Because of the secrecy around his alleged crimes, it is unclear whether Zygier's rights in the criminal process were fully respected, including whether he received adequate disclosure of the evidence against him or enjoyed the normal safeguards of a fair trial.
"While security information can be lawfully protected from public disclosure, a person is always entitled to know and challenge the evidence in a fair, independent process."
Related coverage:Zygier spy case gets ever curiouser - The National Times
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