Yigal Amir to spend 6 more months in solitude

Yitzhak Rabin's assassin has been in solitude for 15 years; judge says he is 'an object of admiration' to extremist factions.

311_yigal amir in court [file] (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
311_yigal amir in court [file]
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Central District Court in Petah Tikva ruled on Monday that Yigal Amir must spend another six months in solitary confinement.

Amir has been in solitary confinement ever since he was sentenced to a life term without parole plus an additional 14 years for assassinating Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995.
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In intelligence reports submitted to the court, Shin Bet officials said that holding Amir in a regular cell with other prisoners would pose a considerable national security risk.
Prison Service officials also maintained that because of the nature of the crimes for which Amir was convicted, his life could be at risk if he was held with other prisoners.

Rabin's assassin was 'an object of admiration' to extremist factions, said Judge Avraham Tal.
Amir’s lawyer, Ariel Atari, complained that Amir had been in solitary confinement for 15 years, the longest of any prisoner in Israel.

However,the judge said in Monday's ruling that Amir had also been given benefits not normally offered to solitary prisoners.

Continuing the easing of Amir's prison conditions, the court ruled Amir could meet another prisoner three times a week for Torah study, and asked the Prison Service to assess the possibility of including other prisoners in the study sessions.

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