Israeli Whistleblower Refused Asylum
Sweden has turned down a request for political asylum by Israeli scientist Mordechai Vanunu.
Vanunu was freed in April after 18 years in an Israeli prison for revealing the country’s nuclear program. He told the BBC over the weekend that he was desperate to start a new life elsewhere, as he is currently subjected to a series of sweeping restrictions, including a ban on travelling abroad as well as holding unauthorised meetings with foreigners.
Vanunu has sought asylum in several European countries, but had filed his application from his native Israel, which automatically disqualifies it. According to the Geneva Conventions, asylum seekers have to file their application in the country where they want asylum.