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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Jonathan Pollard’s legal representatives claim that some of the terms of his parole might be illegal. Supposedly, the restriction that all of his computer activities be monitored makes the spy unemployable. In addition, the requirement for him to wear an ankle bracelet with a GPS device violates his religious beliefs, according to JP Updates.

On Monday, Dec. 14th, in Manhattan Federal Court, Pollard’s lawyer, Eliot Lauer argued that the ankle brace violates Pollards ability to practice Judaism according to his Orthodox beliefs whereby observant Jews do not operate any device which causes an electrical current on Shabbat. A rabbinical opinion was also quoted that “replacing batteries violates the ban on creating electrical current on the Sabbath.”

The United States District Judge Katherine B. Forrest ordered the United States Parole Commission to provide further justification and a fuller explanation of its reasons for electronically tracking the movements of the convicted spy Jonathan L. Pollard, reports The New York Times. The order, from Judge Katherine B. Forrest of Federal District Court in Manhattan, came in response to Mr. Pollard’s lawyers challenging the parole restrictions.

According to The Times, the judge said she would need to receive more information from the officials and said “one key question was whether Mr. Pollard still possessed classified information that might jeopardize national security.”

“In 1984 and 1985, Pollard passed suitcases full of classified documents to an Israeli handler in return for cash, jewels and foreign trips, court records show. Those documents included information on Arab and Soviet weaponry as well as satellite photos. He pleaded guilty to espionage charges in 1987, along with his first wife, Anne.”

Pollard was released on Nov. 20, 2015 from federal custody, in accordance with federal guidelines in place at the time of his sentencing after serving 30 years in prison. Pollard pleaded guilty to espionage in 1987 and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Since his release, Mr. Pollard has requested to live in Israel, but he is not allowed to leave the country for at least five years without permission. The Obama administration has shown no intention of letting him go. His agreement with parole officials bars him from visiting the Israeli Embassy or traveling to international airports as well. In addition,n he is not permitted to give any interviews to the media or attend any rallies or public events.

* Jonathan Jay Pollard (born August 7, 1954) is a former intelligence analyst for the United States government. In 1987, as part of a plea agreement, Pollard pleaded guilty to spying for and providing top-secret classified information to Israel, and was later sentenced to life in prison for violations of the Espionage Act. Pollard is the only American ever to receive a life sentence for passing classified information to an ally of the U.S. * [Wikipedia]

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