Amir to have 10-hour conjugal visit

Following Shin Bet approval Prisons Service says visit will last 10 hours.

By REBECCA ANNA STOIL
October 22, 2006 23:41
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Yigal Amir and Larissa Trimbobler will consummate their marriage in the next few days, an Israel Prisons Service (IPS) officer said Sunday evening, two days after the Shin Bet (Israel Security Service) said they would permit conjugal visits for the assassin of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. The IPS said that the visit would last 10 hours and that, following the Shin Bet okay, the only thing left was for Trimbobler to make the appointment in accordance with her ovulatory cycle. The Ayalon Prison, in which Amir is being held, has five rooms reserved for conjugal visits and serves as the central location for conjugal visits for prisoners from all of the neighboring jails as well. Only a few hundred prisoners in the entire IPS system have been determined to be entitled to conjugal visits. On Friday, the IPS and the Shin Bet stated in a letter to the Tel Aviv District Court that Amir's petition to allow conjugal visits by wife Trimbobler should be approved and Shin Bet Chief Yuval Diskin reportedly said that Amir had become more moderate and was no longer a danger. Amir submitted the petition, which stated that the state and the IPS were ignoring humanitarian concerns by refusing to allow the visits, forcing Trimbobler to use painful and dangerous medical procedures instead. "As a result of the medications my wife needs to take, there have been medical complications that could cause long-term damage that cannot be predicted at present. All of my appeals to the Prisons Service have gone unanswered, and they are simply ignoring me," Amir wrote. "Why don't they allow us even a one-time intimacy [visit] that could spare us all these chemical substances?" he asked. "What security concerns could there be in such a visit, compared to the tangible concern of my wife's health? Not to mention the pain and side effects that treatments like these entail." In March, the IPS officially gave permission to Amir to artificially inseminate his wife, but conjugal visits were still forbidden due to the Shin Bet's opposition. Three months later, the High Court of Justice supported Amir's claim when it rejected a petition to overturn the IPS decision. At the time, the court explained that Amir, like all prisoners, was entitled to certain basic rights, one of which is the right to bring a child into the world.

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