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Convicted spy alleges torture in US prison

[JURIST] New legal documents filed by convicted spy Jonathan Pollard [defense website] include allegations that Pollard has been tortured during his US imprisonment. Pollard was arrested in 1985 and was convicted of spying for Israel while he was a civilian intelligence analyst for the Navy. In a petition [Hebrew text; DOC] to the Israeli Supreme Court, Pollard alleges that he was kept naked for more than a year in solitary confinement in subzero temperatures, that he has been soaked with ice water and that he was forced to sleep on a bare concrete slab. Pollard also alleges that his US jailers have lied to him about arrangements made by the Israeli government for his release. Pollard's petition to the Israeli Supreme Court asks the court to force the government to declare him a Prisoner of Zion, a status which would require Israel to do all it can to secure Pollard's release. AP has more.

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