Prisoner X was considering plea bargain, says lawyer

An Australian-Israeli citizen, who mysteriously died in prison after an apparent career in Israel's spy agency, had denied the allegations against him and was considering a plea bargain just before he died, his lawyer said Thursday.

The attorney, Avigdor Feldman, told Israeli Channel 10 that he saw Ben Zygier a day before he allegedly committed suicide. Zygier was "rational,'' Feldman said, adding that the two discussed legal options, including a plea bargain.

Feldman said he met with Zygier in prison. "I met a balanced person.... He was rationally considering legal options. I can say that he denied the charges ... The crimes he was suspected of were serious,'' Feldman said but would not elaborate further. "He didn't admit to anything.''

The lawyer's remarks were the latest in the saga of a man known as Prisoner X. Israel on Wednesday night lifted a series of gag orders dating to March 2010, and said an Israeli man who held dual citizenship in an undisclosed country died in custody in 2010.

The story broke earlier this week when Australian ABC reported that the prisoner migrated from Australia to Israel in 2000 and worked for the Mossad spy agency. It reported that Zygier's incarceration was top secret, but did not say why he was arrested.

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