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Ben Zygier Case: Israel Clears Jailers Of Wrongdoing In 'Prisoner X' Death

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Australian newspapers lead their front pages in Australia on February 14, 2013, with the story of Ben Zygier as Israel confirms it jailed a foreigner in solitary confinement on security grounds who later committed suicide, with Australia admitting it knew one of its citizens had been detained. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty Images

JERUSALEM -- Israel's Justice Ministry says it will not indict anyone in connection with the 2010 death of an Australian-Israeli prisoner, despite a scathing police investigation that found evidence of negligence by Israel's prison service.

Ben Zygier died in an apparent suicide in Israeli prison where he was held secretly. Australian media reports claim he was a spy for Israel and held for security offenses. Israel has refused to comment on the espionage claims, but Australia has said the man worked for Israel.

After an initial investigation, Israeli authorities requested the court close the case, but the prisoner's family asked for further investigation into the death.

The Israeli police report, released Thursday, claimed supervision of Zygier's cell was faulty.

But the Justice Ministry says the evidence was insufficient to indict the jailers.

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