'We didn't say Amir wasn't dangerous'

Shin Bet answers Peretz's criticism regarding conjugal visits to Rabin's killer.

October 18, 2006 14:36
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"We did not suggest that Yigal Amir was no longer a dangerous criminal, we only said his seclusion with Larissa Trimbobler would not be dangerous," said the Shin Bet (Israel Security Service) in a statement Friday in response to criticism by Defense Minister Amir Peretz regarding the proposed easing of restrictions on former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's killer. Israel Prison Service (IPS) and the Shin Bet had earlier 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 had reportedly said that Amir had become more moderate and was no longer a danger. Peretz said that he was vehemently opposed to easing the restrictions on Rabin's killer. "A man who has murdered the prime minister should not be receiving any benefits," exclaimed Peretz. Amir submitted the petition after claiming that the fertility treatments that had been approved earlier this year were endangering his wife's health. Amir claimed 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 Prison Services have gone unanswered, and they are simply ignoring me," Amir wrote. "If we were talking about me and my health, I could understand [their] inflexibility, but here, we are talking about a law-abiding, completely normative citizen. Why is it necessary to endanger her health?" he said. In March, the IPS officially gave permission to Amir to artificially inseminate his wife; however, conjugal visits were still forbidden due to security concerns. However, Amir said in the petition that where Trimbobler's health was at risk, security should be the least of the IPS's concerns. "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 June, the High Court of Justice rejected a petition by two former MKs to overturn the IPS decision, saying that Amir, like all prisoners, was entitled to certain basic rights, one of which is the right to bring a child into the world. Dan Izenberg contributed to this report.

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