The Soblen Case

Rosalyn Higgins Dbe Qc

in Themes and Theories

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198262350
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682322 | DOI:
The Soblen Case

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Dr Robert Soblen was born in Lithuania in 1901 of Jewish parentage. In 1940, shortly before the Soviet annexation of the Baltic States, he, his brothers, and some fourteen other relatives obtained permission to leave Lithuania for the United States. At the end of the war, Dr Soblen worked as an interpreter for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, and in 1947 he became an American citizen, thus becoming eligible to resume his professional calling as a psychiatrist. In 1957 his brother, Jack Soblen, was charged with espionage. He pleaded guilty, cooperated with government inquiries, and received the relatively mild sentence of seven years’ imprisonment. In August 1961, charges were brought against Dr Soblen; he was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. The crime with which Soblen was charged was not — contrary to popular belief — espionage, but conspiracy. It was alleged that he had conspired with eighteen co-conspirators to obtain and transmit defence information to Russia. This chapter discusses issues of deportation and extradition involving Soblen, Israel, and the United Kingdom.

Keywords: Robert Soblen; United States; Jack Soblen; espionage; conspiracy; deportation; extradition; United Kingdom; Israel

Chapter.  5665 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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