Jonathan Pollard granted parole

Jonathan Pollard granted parole

The release date is set for November

Jonathan Pollard (Via YouTube)
Jonathan Pollard (Via YouTube)

Jonathan Pollard, who has been imprisoned for 30 years for spying for Israel, has been granted parole following a unanimous vote by a federal parole panel.

The release date was set for November, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing Pollard’s attorneys. The announcement also said that the vote was not related to the Iran nuclear deal, according to the newspaper.

Israel’s Channel 2 reported Tuesday evening that the planned release date is Nov. 20. Pollard, who in 1987 was given a life sentence, was eligible for parole on Nov. 21, but his release date was pushed up a day since the 21st is a Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath.

The U.S. government does not oppose the release, Pollard’s attorneys told the Journal.  His only application for parole, filed last year, failed.

Pollard was arrested in 1985 while working as a civilian U.S. Navy analyst.

Pollards lawyers said in the announcement that under the terms of his parole, Pollard must remain in the U.S. for five years, according to the Journal. They said that they have asked President Barack Obama to use his clemency power to allow Pollard move to Israel immediately after his release.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Tuesday in Washington as he left a House of Representatives hearing on the Iran nuclear deal that the granting of parole is  not related to the agreement.

“I am looking forward to being reunited with my beloved wife Esther,” Pollard said through his attorneys, the Jerusalem Post reported. “I would like to thank the many thousands of well-wishers in the United States, in Israel, and throughout the world, who provided grass roots support by attending rallies, sending letters, making phone calls to elected officials, and saying prayers for my welfare. I am deeply appreciative of every gesture, large or small.”

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