Maguire in a press release said:
‘On 8th May, 2016 the Jerusalem Magistrate Court charged Mordechai Vanunu with breaching the ongoing severe and arbitrary restrictions against his rights to Freedom of movement and expression. The Israeli Court charged Vanunu that he had a meeting with two US Nationals three years ago, also that he gave an interview to Israeli Broadcaster Channel 2 in Sept., 2015 (for which he was punished the same month) and that he moved his residence (within the same building!) without informing the Police.
Mordechai Vanunu, an Amnesty International Prisoner of conscience, a nobel peace prize nominee, recipient of Right Livelihood Award and numerous other awards, by the International community, in recognition of his courage in following his conscience and revealing to the world that Israel was building nuclear bombs, continues to be persecuted by the Israeli Government, and yet considered by many people around the world,as a man of courage and bravery and to whom we owe a debt of gratitude for his truthtelling regarding Israeli Nuclear bombs.
When Mordechai Vanunu was released from prison in 2004, after serving an 18 year sentence for disclosing information on Israels secret nuclear capacity in l984, instead of being allowed his freedom to leave Israel as he wishes, severe restrictions were imposed upon him, and each year these restrictions are renewed by an Israeli Court, and this year yet further charges imposed upon him. Mordechai Vanunu has no information which would be damaging to the Israeli Government and the whole world is aware of its nuclear programme, but they continue to persecute him giving him no hope or indication if he will ever be allowed to leave Israel and join his wife in Norway. Some years ago I asked an Israeli friend why the Government refuses to let Vanunu leave the country and the reason she gave was ‘the Israeli government don’t trust their own people and he serves as an example to all, not to step out of line or challenge their Governments policies’. The policy seems to be working not only for the Israeli public, but for the International Community, and from those with power who could ‘on the stroke of a pen’ ensure Vanunu’s freedom, there is a deadening silence on the subject of Vanunu and Israeli nuclear weapons programme and no voices are raised in defence of Vanunu’s freedom (after 30 years of persecution by Israel) and it is to all our shame that the International Political/Spiritual Leadership continue to abide by the rule:‘WHATEVER YOU SAY – SAY NOTHING’ when it comes to Israeli gov persecution of a man of conscience, a good man.’