Zygier imprisoned because he botched operation to retrieve Sultan Yaqub bodies
According to the Australian television program that originally broke the story, Ben Zygier, the Australian-born Mossad spy who hung himself in an Israeli maximum security prison where he was known as Prisoner X, was originally imprisoned by Israel because he revealed the identity of a Lebanese spy
who was arranging for the return of the bodies of Zach Baumol, Yehuda Katz and Zvi Feldman
, who disappeared during the Battle of Sultan Yaqub during the First Lebanon War in 1982. This is from the first link.
According to the report, in 2007 the Mossad recruited former Lebanese
military leader Ziad Al Homsi through, what he claims were, operatives
working for the intelligence organization in China and Thailand.
In strides to get ahead and please the Mossad, Zygier apparently
revealed Al Homsi's name to a Lebanese Hezbollah agent who subsequently
turned him in to Lebanese authorities. Al Homsi faced a 15-year prison
sentence, but was released after only three years.
wanted to utilize Al Homsi, who was well connected from his
participation in operations against Israeli troops in the Bekka Valley
where the remains of three soldiers killed in the Battle of Sultan
Yocoub were believed to rest, ABC Australia reported.
reportedly said he was charged with the task to organize for the
collection of the missing Israeli soldiers' bodies and to provide them
to another Mossad-aligned party that would carry out the remaining
Al Homsi claimed in the ABC report that he had
worked as a double agent for Lebanon and its intelligence officials had
supported his efforts to gain knowledge of the Israelis' bodies to be
used for bargaining the release of Palestinian prisoners.
I thought I saw somewhere that Israel had denied this story, but I'm not finding it right now.
Labels: Battle of Sultan Yaqub, Mossad, Operation Peace for Galilee, Prisoner X