Plea bargain finalized with Anat Kamm
Under the deal, Kamm would admit to, and be convicted of, retaining secret information obtained during her army service and sharing it without permission, offenses punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
The Tel Aviv District Court will rule Sunday on a plea bargain between the prosecution and Anat Kamm, who is accused of delivering classified military documents to Haaretz reporter Uri Blau.
Under the deal, Kamm would admit to, and be convicted of, retaining secret information obtained during her army service and sharing it without permission, offenses punishable by up to 15 years in prison. But the charge of deliberately seek to undermine state security, which is punishable by a life sentence, will be removed from the indictment.
The parties did not agree on the sentence she would serve, so each side will be able to argue before the court for what it feels the appropriate punishment should be.
The original indictment against Kamm was filed in December 2009, but remained under a gag order for four months. The court released most of it for publication only in April 2010.
According to the indictment, during her military service in the office of then-GOC Central Command Yair Naveh, Kamm collected more than 2,000 classified documents, 700 of them marked “secret” or “top secret,” and gave them to Blau, who used them as material for several features in Haaretz. The documents included plans for military operations, meeting notes, deployment charts, investigation summaries, situation reports, target banks and more.
Some of the documents indicated that senior Israel Defense Forces officers authorized the assassination of wanted Palestinians in the West Bank even when they could have been arrested, in violation of a High Court of Justice ruling on the matter. Yesterday, the High Court reprimanded Maj. Gen. Naveh for a statement of his quoted in one of the documents, in which he belittled the ruling.
Eytan Lehman, who is representing Kamm together with Avigdor Feldman, said yesterday that “what we knew all along is becoming clear. Anat never had any intention of harming state security, and the state’s security was never actually harmed. We intend to prove that this is a molehill that became a mountain, and it needs to be returned to its proper size.”
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