Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pollard Loses Appeal to Abate Parole Conditions; Betrayed US by Selling Classified Papers to Israel

A federal appeals court has rejected convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard's request to lift restrictive parole conditions, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (May 25, 2017).

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued the judgment yesterday, a week after hearing arguments.

The parole terms issued upon Pollard's release from a federal prison in November 2015 -- after he served 30 years of a life sentence -- require him to stay in his New York home from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.; to submit any computer he uses for inspection; and to wear a GPS-monitoring device at all times. The device means that Pollard -- who is an Orthodox Jew -- is forced to violate Shabbat observance, his lawyer argued.

Pollard, 62, also must remain in the U.S. for five years, despite his desire to move to Israel. Pollard betrayed the U.S. by selling hundreds of classified documents to Israeli officials in 1984 and 1985.

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