Prosecution Seeks 'Lengthy' Jail Term for Anat Kamm

Kamm was convicted of collecting and holding classified military documents in a plea-bargain deal, based on her confession.

Tel Aviv District Court convicted Anat Kamm Sunday morning of collecting and holding classified military documents, and of passing them on to Haaretz correspondent Uri Blau.

Kamm was convicted in a plea-bargain deal, based on her confession. Under this arrangement, charges of intent to harm the security of the State of Israel were dropped, meaning that she will not face life imprisonment. However, prosecutors announced that they intend to ask the District Court to sentence Kamm to a long prison term. The maximum jail sentence for the offenses with which she is charged is 15 years.

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Hearings concerning Kamm's punishment will be held on April 11, in camera. During these sessions, the state will submit a brief compiled by the Israel Defense Forces' department of security information, regarding the nature of the documents that Kamm took from the office of then-GOC Central Command, Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh, during her military service. In addition, documents found in Kamm's computer will be submitted for the court's consideration. The defense will be able to submit its own arguments concerning the character of the classified documents.

At the end of the court session yesterday, Kamm declared: "Due to respect for the court, I ask not to relate to the plea bargain.

When asked about her feelings regarding her anticipated sentence, and whether she feels she has been treated unjustly, Kamm replied: "That is a question that should be referred to the prosecution. I confessed under the plea bargain to the charges leveled against me; I cannot relate to what is written in the law."

Kamm's attorney, Eytan Lehman, said at the end of the court hearing: "We worked out a plea bargain, as has been reported in detail. Under the revised indictment, offenses of intent were omitted. Anat was convicted of holding classified information and relaying it to Uri Blau - but she never harbored an intention of causing harm to the security of the state. Today the state knows that the documents remained in the sole possession of these two persons."

Lehman added: "There is information that the public has not received, and perhaps will not receive in the near future, because the hearings are behind closed doors. I hope that the court will be persuaded not only that she did not intend to harm the security of the state, but also that no damage was caused. We hope that the judges will understand that her intentions were worthy, and that she did not intend to cause damage. We hope the judges will understand that the house arrest to which she has been confined up to now is sufficient punishment ... If the state decided not to press charges against Blau, that has implications regarding Anat's possible sentence."

Prosecutor Hadas Forer-Gafni said at the end of the hearing yesterday that she intends to demand "a long, significant prison term" for Kamm. Regarding Blau, she said: "The decision regarding him will be reached in the coming weeks." Forer-Gafni added that "this is a conviction on two extremely serious charges, even if they are of lesser severity 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. Passing on the documents to another person, even a journalist, while knowing that the documents will not remain secret, constitutes a grave transgression."

Blau, who was overseas when the indictments were filed against Kamm, returned last October after working out a deal with the state. Under this deal, he agreed to be questioned and undergo a lie-detector test, if the state requires it. He also declared that no documents received from Kamm remain in his possession.