High Court Rejects Pollard Petition
MENL - February 7, 2000
JERUSALEM - The High Court, expressing confidence in the government of
Prime Minister Ehud Barak, has refused to intervene to help Jonathan
Pollard win his release from a U.S. prison.
The High Court of Justice on Sunday rejected a petition filed by
Pollard, a former U.S. naval analyst, to compel the government to secure
his immediate release and address his medical and financial needs. In
1985, Pollard was sentenced to life imprisonment for passing sensitive
U.S. military information to Israel.
"The court believes that the government will fulfill its obligations
to take care of the needs of the petitioner, and do what is necessary to
secure his release from prison," Justice Michael Chesin said. "The court shares
in the hope that the government's way will be successful and that the
petitioner will be freed from prison in the very near future. Along with
that, from a legal standpoint, the court does not see fit to intervene
in the action being taken or planned by the government in this case.
Accordingly, our decision is to reject the petition."
Pollard's attorneys had also requested $1.75 million in government
compensation for representing their client since 1994. [Justice4JP Note:
This is Government-spread disinformation. The Pollard Petition did not
make a request for a specific sum of money for legal compensation.
Rather it only sought to establish the principle that Jonathan Pollard
has a right to have his legal expenses funded. See Petition 6029.] The government has
refused, saying the attorneys are waging a public rather than a legal
The judges agreed that the Pollard campaign was not approved by the
government. [Justice4JP Note: While the Court recognized the
Government's claim that it had not chosen Jonathan Pollard's current
attorney, it also recognized Mr. Dub's claim for compensation. In its
Decision, the Court directed Pollard's attorney to file a Civil suit for
Pollard's attorneys expressed dismay over the decision. "In all this
time, the government has not made any attempt to fulfill any of its
obligations to Jonathan Pollard -- legal, moral, financial or medical,"
attorney Larry Dub said. "It is puzzling to consider on what -- other
than wishful thinking -- the court is basing its confidence."
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