An Israeli journalist wanted by authorities for publishing information from top secret documents is back in Israel after nearly a year abroad.

Ha'aretz reporter Uri Blau returned to Israel Sunday after his lawyers reached an agreement with the Justice Ministry.

The ministry said Blau agreed to return 1,500 documents and present himself for questioning to both the Shin Bet security service and police.  Following the interrogation, Israel's attorney general will decide whether to charge Blau with any crimes.

Blau had already returned about 500 documents before leaving on a trip London, where he stayed to avoid arrest.

Blau got the classified documents from the former secretary of an Israeli general responsible for operations in the West Bank.

Some of Blau's reports focused on orders instructing soldiers to carry out targeted killings, in violation of an Israeli Supreme Court ruling.

Blau says he no longer has any classified documents, in any form.

The army secretary has admitted she collected the documents during her army service in 2006 and 2007.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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