Former spy Jonathan Pollard loses bid to ease parole restrictions


( A federal appeals court rejected a bid by Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. 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.

Jonathan Pollard and his wife Esther in the first photograph following his release from prison in November 2015. Credit: Justice for Jonathan Pollard.

In its ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York said the U.S. 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 U.S.

Posted on May 24, 2017 .