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May 25, 2017 10:12 am

Former Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard Loses Bid to Ease US Parole Restrictions

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Jonathan and Esther Pollard. Photo: Justice for Jonathan Pollard. – A federal appeals court rejected on Wednesday a bid by Jonathan Pollard — the former US Navy intelligence analyst who was released from prison in November 2015 after serving a 30-year sentence on charges of spying for Israel — to ease restrictions of his parole.

In its ruling, the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York said the US Parole Commission acted within its discretion in setting Pollard’s curfew, internet restrictions and tracking devices.

Eliot Lauer, Pollard’s attorney, told The Jerusalem Post he was “disappointed in two respects. First, the result. Second, in that the court did not step out of the checklist and confront the commission on the manifest injustice of the onerous and unnecessary restrictions.”

Since his release, Pollard has been barred from leaving his New York home between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. His parole conditions also forbid him from freely using the internet and speaking with the media. He is obliged to wear a GPS monitoring apparatus at all times and cannot leave the US.

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