Why Attorney General Rubinstein Was Removed From the Pollard Petition: A Clarification

October 30, 1997

The removal of the clause alleging damage by Eliyakam Rubinstein to Jonathan Pollard should not be construed as a dismissal of the allegations against Rubinstein. The demand to remove the clause from the petition was made by counsel for the government and was initially refused by legal cousel for Jonathan Pollard.

Pollard's attorneys countered that once the court orders the Tzur-Rottenstreich Commission and Eban Committee Report findings to be made public and these documents reveal Mr. Rubinstein's status in the Pollard affair, the plaintiff would be willing to consider the request to drop the allegations against Mr. Rubinstein.

In considering the government's request,the Justices indicated that a separate petition could be filed against Mr.Rubinstein and that since the clause in question was not essential to the petition currently before the court, acceding to the government's request might expedite the hearing. As a gesture of conciliation and to expedite the court procedings, Pollard's attorneys agreed to remove the Rubinstein clause from the current petition.

See also: High Court Postpones Hearing on Pollard Petition

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