Convicted spy not allowed at father's funeral

June 20, 2011 - 12:14 PM
Mideast Israel Convicted Spy

FILE - In this May 15, 1998 file photo, Jonathan Pollard speaks during an interview in a conference room at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, N.C, U.S. An aide said Sunday, June 19, 2011 that the Israeli prime minister has asked the Obama administration to let a former U.S. navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel leave prison to attend his father's funeral. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker, File)

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — A former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel has not been allowed to attend his father's funeral in Indiana.

The White House had spurned requests by Israel to let Jonathan Pollard visit his father before he died Saturday. Morris Pollard was buried Monday in Mishawaka, Ind., without his son present.

The only mention of Jonathan Pollard during the graveside service was when his sister said one of their father's few regrets was "not being able to help his son achieve freedom."

Pollard has been in prison in the U.S. since 1985 and was sentenced to life in prison two years later.

The elder Pollard was a retired biology professor at the University of Notre Dame and was 95 when he died.