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Convicted Spy Wins Appeal Against Israel Prison Service

Anat Kam’s profile on IPS computer system will remove “treason”

By: David Shear
Published: October 22nd, 2012 in News » Israel
Anat Kam in Tel Aviv court room

Anat Kam, a former IDF soldier sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for illegal possession of classified IDF documents, and sharing them with a reporter, has won her appeal filed with the Israel Prison Service to have the charge of “treason” removed from her computer profile.

Kam noticed when she entered the prison that the computer system showed she was serving time for both espionage and treason, when, in fact, she was only convicted of espionage.

After the court accepted her appeal, it judged that Kam’s profile on the IPS computer system was to be changed and ordered that the State must pay Kam NIS 2,000 (approximately $500) to pay for her legal fees.

When Kam – who worried that a sentence for treason would cause her to be treated badly by other inmates, and in the future - first told prison authorities about the incorrect information on her profile, she was told that it could not be changed.

The judge announced that, "The IPS' reply clearly indicated the prison was aware of the mistake and that it agreed it should be corrected, and therefore reflects the importance of the definitions of the crime Kam was convicted of. It is apparent the correction was done as a result of the appeal, rendering it justified."

"I'm glad the court determined for the first time that justified prisoners' appeals should include legal fees to be paid for by IPS,” said Kam’s lawyer, Ilan Bombach. “I hope the court will award a more realistic sum in the future."

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