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Israel extends Vanunu travel ban
Former nuclear scientist Mordechai Vanunu
Vanunu is also forbidden to talk to foreigners without permission
Israel has extended a travel ban on former nuclear scientist Mordechai Vanunu for another year, Israeli interior ministry officials have said.

Vanunu cannot now leave Israel until at least 19 April 2006, said ministry spokesman Gilad Heiman.

Vanunu served 18 years in jail, most of it in solitary confinement, for making public details of Israel's secret nuclear programme.

He was released in April 2004 under strict conditions.

Vanunu has not been allowed to have a passport, is forbidden to approach ports and airports, and is banned from talking to foreigners without permission.

Israel insists Vanunu still poses a security threat.

The Israeli authorities charged Vanunu in March with violating the terms of his release from jail by giving interviews to the foreign media.

Vanunu says his action in revealing Israel's nuclear secrets aimed to avert a nuclear holocaust in the region. Many Israelis view him as a traitor.

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