Jonathan Pollard, the US Navy analyst who spied for Israel and freed last week after 30 years in jail, is under a 12-hour daily curfew, his movements are limited to a small radius from his New York City apartment, and he has to answer his phone at all times, day and night.
Pollard’s lawyers have filed a petition against the “unlawful” terms of his release. In documents filed with the court in New York, the attorneys describe the conditions of his release as “unnecessary, unreasonable, contrived and unlawful,” and more appropriate for a dangerous felon.
Attorney Elliot Lauer, says these conditions also include a monitoring anklet and the monitoring of his computer and phone communications. As a result, the investment firm that offered him a job as a financial analyst has withdrawn its offer, refusing to have its computers monitored, Lauer said.
The curfew also prevents Pollard, 61, from taking part in synagogue prayers that take place after 7 pm or before 7 am. He he will also not be able to enjoy Sabbath meals or other festive meals with relatives or friends, Lauer said.
The released spy is also obligated by the terms of his parole to answer the phone and open the door at all times, day or night, since the probation officer could carry out surprise inspections at any time.
His lawyers noted that he poses no danger of recidivism and any intelligence information he still possesses is 30 years old and irrelevant.
The United States announced that Friday it has no intention of changing the terms of parole for the convicted spy.
Israel, which has long deemed his punishment disproportionate and where some see the 61-year-old as a national hero, welcomed his release from a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina.
Pollard’s lawyers immediately went to court in New York, challenging as unreasonable and unlawful conditions of his five-year probation period, calling it “vindictive and cruel.”
The Texas-born Pollard was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995, and his family says he wants to settle in Israel. But under the terms of his release he cannot leave America for five years.
For now, Pollard has moved to New York with his second wife, whom he married while in jail. His lawyers said he has secured a job in the finance department of an investment firm.
Pollard was a US Navy intelligence analyst when he was caught passing sensitive security documents to Israel, whose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed his release.
“After three long and difficult decades, Jonathan is at last reunited with his family,” Netanyahu said.