No word on whether spy can attend father's funeral

June 20, 2011 - 10:14 AM
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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)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons won't say whether a former U.S. navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel has been allowed to leave prison to attend his father's funeral in Indiana.

The White House had spurned Israeli requests to let Jonathan Pollard visit his father before he died Saturday. The funeral for Morris Pollard is scheduled for Monday in South Bend.

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

Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke says the agency doesn't comment on inmate releases for funerals until after the inmate has returned to prison.

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