Influential Nigerian pastor asks Obama to free Pollard
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
November 7, 2011 17:10
The international effort to bring about the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard from an American prison recently received an unexpected endorsement from one of the most respected voices in Africa.
Nigerian pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, who was named one of the 50 most powerful people in the world by Newsweek, wrote US President Barack Obama asking him to commute Pollard's life sentence to the nearly 26 years he has already served.
His Redeemed Christian Church of God has more than 14,000 branches in 110 countries and has more than five million members in Nigeria alone. It has hundreds of branches in cities across the US.
"I humbly request that the remainder of Jonathan Pollard's sentence is commuted in the interest of justice," Adeboye wrote Obama.