Report: Federal panel grants parole to Pollard

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — 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.

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It’s not clear whether Pollard, 61, will be allowed to travel immediately to Israel once he is paroled. For years he had sought a presidential commutation of his sentence in part because his movement could still be restricted under parole. His only application for parole, filed last year, failed.

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

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