The Israeli government will pay the family of Australian-born Israeli Mossad agent Ben Zygier 4 million shekels ($1.1 million) in compensation as part of a settlement deal reached over Zygier's 2010 suicide, Channel 2 reported Tuesday.
Zygier, who became known as "Prisoner X," was arrested in January 2010 over serious national security-related charges. He committed suicide in December that year, while he was held in solitary confinement at the maximum-security Ayalon Prison.
The agreement between the state and the family followed months of negotiations. The settlement includes no admission of responsibility by the Israel Prison Service over Zygier's death. The family has also agreed not to bring a civil suit against Israeli authorities and has reportedly signed a nondisclosure agreement barring it from ever revealing the full terms of the settlement.
According to legal documents obtained by Channel 2, Zygier's family will receive NIS 2.4 million ($672,000) by the end of this year and an additional NIS 400,000 ($112,000) annually over the next four years.
Zygier's suicide triggered an independent, albeit largely secret, investigation into the terms of his confinement, but despite a determination by Rishon Lezion Magistrates' Court President Daphna Blatman Kedrai, who headed the 2012 inquest, that "failure by various elements in the Israel Prison Service contributed to his death," the State Prosecutor's Office refused to hold the IPS or any of the Ayalon Prison personnel criminally liable in the case, and ordered it closed.
"Over the past few months, the state and the deceased's family have been involved in negotiations over the family's claims that the state had been negligent, and that [the family] was entitled to compensation," a Justice Ministry statement said.
"Following these negotiations, the state has agreed to an out-of-court settlement, with no admission of responsibility on its part. The state has agreed to offer the family this compensation over its desire to avoid a court hearing, during which details that seriously compromise national security may be divulged. A report to that effect has been duly filed with the Knesset's Subcommittee for Intelligence and Secret Services."