THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Coventry, England) ___________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release December 14, 2000
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
I welcome today's release of Edmond Pope after eight months of detention in Russia and appreciate President Putin's decision to pardon Mr. Pope.
Mr. Pope's ordeal was unjustified. It is fortunate that humanitarian considerations prevailed in the end.
I admire the impressive support Mr. Pope received from his wife and family and from Congressman John Peterson of Pennsylvania and other Members of Congress. I commend their tireless efforts on his behalf.
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