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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spy's Release Debated

JERUSALEM -- Israel may release Soviet spy Marcus Klinberg on the condition he is placed under house arrest and pays security bills of about $300,000 per year, a source said Tuesday.

The state's outgoing legal advisor, Michael Ben Yair, has recommended releasing the 78-year-old Klinberg, sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1983.

But the state prosecutor's office opposes the release saying that the internal security service, Shin Beth, demands that the former spy be put under house arrest with limited outside contacts.

The restrictions would mean keeping a 24-hour guard outside Klinberg's home, for which the annual costs would come to about $300,000.