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April 02, 1993 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-04-02

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Sentence Commuted
For Jailed Spy

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Shabtai
Kalmanovitch, sentenced to
nine years in prison in 1987
for spying for the Soviet
Union, was released from
the Ashmoret prison at Beit
Lid, a few hours after Presi-
dent Chaim Herzog com-
muted his sentence under an
agreement reached with au-
thorities in Moscow.
The presidential order for
his release, after serving just
over five years of his prison
term, was signed on the rec-
ommendation of the Justice
Ministry, the prime min-
ister, foreign minister and
security authorities.
Under the terms of the
release, the Russian au-
thorities have undertaken to
facilitate the immigration to
Israel of Jewish refuseniks
whose permission to leave
both the former Soviet
Union and its successor re-
publics was withheld for
security reasons.
Just as in the days of strict
and often arbitrary Soviet
rule, these were persons who
were said to have been in
possession of state secrets
because of previous work.
Under the terms of the
agreement, Moscow has also
reportedly agreed to provide
information about missing
Israelis.
Mr. Kalmanovitch, then a

recent arrival from Moscow,
was reportedly a plant in
Israel, trained at a KGB
school and sent to gather
economic intelligence.
Shortly after his arrival,
he established a successful
import and export business,
mainly with various coun-
tries in Africa. This is re-
ported to have been the main
field of his intelligence-
gathering on behalf of
Moscow.
He began pressing for his
release, under a presidential
pardon or commutation of
his sentence, two or three
years ago, when his health
deteriorated from advanced
diabetes, which threatened
the amputation of a leg.
He has spent the last two
years in the prison hospital
undergoing treatment.

Mr. Kalmanovitch's
mother said that she did not
know what her son intended
doing following his release.
But she said he planned to
stay in Israel and return to
economic activities.
He was divorced from his
wife a few years ago. The
couple have a 17-year-old
daughter.
Mr. Kalmanovitch was de-
scribed by the prison au-
thorities as an "exemplary
inmate."

Israeli Air Force
Raids Hezbollah

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Tel Aviv (JTA) — Israeli air
force planes raided guerrilla
bases north of the southern
Lebanon security zone last
week.
Reports from Lebanon said
the bases belonged to the
Iranian- backed Shi'ite Hez-
bollah movement. An Israeli
army spokesman said all
aircraft returned from their
missions safely.
The raid appeared to be in
retaliation for Hezbollah at-
tacks against Israeli and
allied South Lebanon Army
forces in the security zone.
Three SLA soldiers were
wounded earlier when a
roadside bomb was
detonated as their vehicle
passed near Aramta village,
in the eastern sector of the
zone.
Reports said the bases at-
tacked by Israel were in the
Nabatiyeh-Tufach region

and that several buildings
were destroyed. There were
no reports about casualties
or the extent of the damage.
Israeli and SLA gunners
also launched an artillery
barrage against Hezbollah
bases north of the zone.
As a goodwill gesture for
the Moslem Id el-Fitr feast
marking the end of the holy
month of Ramadan, SLA
Commander General An-
toine Lehad released 16 peo-
ple who had been detained at
the El Khiam jail inside the
zone for aiding Hezbollah.
Unconfirmed reports from
Beirut said one of the releas-
ed prisoners was carrying a
message to the Hezbollah
leadership regarding the
possibility of organizing a
prisoner exchange that
might include the release of
the Israeli servicemen miss-
ing in Lebanon.

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