The Tel Aviv District Court has eased the conditions of journalist Anat Kamm's house arrest - after 14 months of detention. In a plea bargain, Kamm was convicted on Sunday of collecting and holding secret military documents, and of passing them on to Haaretz correspondent Uri Blau.
Judge Uri Shoham ruled yesterday that Kamm will be allowed to leave her home three times a week for two hours at a time.
The state prosecution was on board with the decision; the allegations were much less severe after the plea bargain. In the end, the state dropped allegations that Kamm attempted to harm state security, which could have led to life imprisonment.
There will be a sentencing hearing behind closed doors on April 11 and the minutes will be classified.
Still, prosecutor Hadas Forer-Gafni said Sunday she would ask the court to sentence Kamm to a "long, significant prison term."
She said this was a conviction on two extremely serious charges, even if they are less severe than those of the original indictment. "When an Israeli soldier takes from the army top-secret documents, we view that as an extremely serious offense," she said. "Passing on the documents to another person, even a journalist, while knowing that the documents will not remain secret, constitutes a grave transgression."
Defense attorney Eytan Lehman says he hopes the judges will understand that the house arrest to which Kamm has already been confined is sufficient punishment.
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