Pollard's Attorney Calls For Israelis To Make Official Statement
May 1, 1997 - SNS News Service
Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, fighting
freedom from a life sentence in the United States, asked a court on
Wednesday to order
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to admit Pollard spied for Israel.
Pollard, a former US naval intelligence officer caught passing
information on Arab
countries to the Jewish state in 1985, has repeatedly asked Israel to
work for his release
but it has never admitted to using him as a spy.
"We want to know why the government of Israel does not state clearly
was an agent of the State of Israel," lawyer Larry Dubb, representing
Pollard in the
appeal to the High Court of Justice, told Israel Radio.
Pollard, an American Jew, said he had passed information to Israel which
had withheld. He sought refuge from arrest at the Israeli embassy in
Washington but was
US presidents have denied him clemency three times. Last year Israel
made Pollard a
citizen in an official ceremony, saying it hoped to win his freedom and
resettle him in the
Pollard's wife, Esther, said the fact her husband had been in jail 12
years was "a badge of
shame" for the Israeli government. She said successive Israeli
governments had promised
to work for his freedom but had done nothing.
"The Americans already know he is an Israeli agent," she told Israel
Radio. "Why do the
Israelis continue to deny it?"
Dubb said Pollard backed his claim to have worked for Israel with the
original US charge
sheet, to which he admitted to. Dubb called upon Israeli officials to
come forward and
make official statements to the fact that Pollard did indeed, deliver
information for the
The prime minister stated that prior to assuming office and more so now,
minister, he has always done his utmost to obtain Pollard's freedom.
Mr. Netanyahu stated he has raised the Pollard issue with American
officials on every
Last evening, Israeli officials placed a ban on the publication of
details of the appeal to the High Court.
Editor's Update: The High Court has denied the Government's right to ban the publication
of the details of the appeal and has upheld the media's right to full
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