British MP and Delegation Calls for Release of Pollard
December 13, 1999 - Press Release - Bournemouth Jewish Community
A petition from the Bournemouth Jewish Community calling for
the release of Jonathan Pollard from imprisonment in the USA
was presented today to the United States Minister - political, Mr.
Glen Davies, deputising for the United States Ambassador in
London, Hon. Phillip Lader, on behalf of the community, by Mr.
John V. Butterfill MP for Bournemouth West.
Mr. Butterfill was accompanied by a delegation comprising of Mr
Neville Nagler (Executive Director of the Board of Deputies of
British Jews), Dr George M Ettinger (representative of the
Bournemouth Community) and Dr. Colin L Leci (British Campaign
for the Release of Jonathan Pollard).
The delegation expressed its concern to the US Minister that on
the 23rd October 1998, following the signing of The Wye River
Memorandum, US President William Clinton made the following
statement in the East Room - The White House Washington DC,
"With respect to Mr. Pollard, I have agreed to review this matter
seriously, at the Prime Minister's request. I have made no
commitment as to the outcome of the review". It was implied that
this was to be a speedy review - yet almost fourteen months later
no review has taken place.
Following the meeting, Dr. Leci expressed his disappointment
that the US Administration's response was that the judicial
process has to be followed irrespective of President Clinton's
commitment to review the matter made following the signing of
the Wye River Memorandum Agreement.