Years Following Death of Lawyer-Turned-Spy, Israel Pays Family $1.2 million
Herzog Fox did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Am Law Daily about Zygier’s time at the firm, nor did Boaz Ben Zur, a founding partner of Tel Aviv’s Boaz Ben Zur & Co. and attorney for Zygier’s family.
By 2005, Zygier was working full-time for the Mossad, which sent him to southern Europe to clandestinely work for companies doing business with Iran. But Zygier grew bored with the work, according to Der Spiegel, and his lackluster performance soon had him working a desk job back in Tel Aviv.
Eager to get back into the field, Zygier reportedly sought on his own to cultivate sources within Hezbollah, one of whom Der Spiegel and ABC report was allegedly a double agent who exploited the young spy’s ambition.
Haaretz reports that an Israeli judicial inquiry found that prison guards didn’t properly check Zygier’s cell and that at least one closed-circuit television camera monitoring his activities was not working at the time of his death. The report found that Zygier had previously tried to kill himself two other times, and had met with prison psychiatrists and social workers on numerous occasions.
The results of a probe into the circumstances surrounding Zygier's death by Israel's parliament and leaked to Haaretz in June also faulted the Mossad for its "severe systematic failure" in the recruitment and handling of Zygier.
Zygier is buried in Melbourne. He was 34.