Yigal Amir's brother, co-conspirator, to be freed

Amir was sentenced to 16 years for conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a firearm for his part in the Rabin assassination.

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May 3, 2012 18:44
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Hagai Amir in court in 1995

Hagai Amir in court in 1995 370 (R). (photo credit: R)

 
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Sixteen and a half years after he entered prison for helping his brother Yigal Amir plot the assassination of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, Hagai Amir is set to walk out of Ayalon Prison in Ramle on Friday a free man.

Amir was sentenced to 16 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a firearm for his part in helping his brother plan the assassination of Rabin at a peace rally in Tel Aviv on November 4, 1995.

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In 2006, he was sentenced to an extra year in prison for threats made against the life of former prime minister Ariel Sharon.

Amir was supposed to be released a few months earlier because of prison overcrowding, but due to the Gilad Schalit prisoner release, there was no longer a need to afford him early release.

Now 43 years old, the Herzliya native has never expressed remorse for his role in the assassination.

His brother Yigal remains in solitary confinement serving a life imprisonment for killing Rabin.

Contacted by The Jerusalem Post on Thursday, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said they would not comment on whether or not they still consider Amir a threat to the public or if they will perform surveillance on him after his release.

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Rabin’s granddaughter Noa Rothman (nee Ben-Artzi) posted a message on her Facebook page on Thursday that read “Hagai Amir will be released tomorrow from prison. This is how it is in a democracy, I know, but what can you do? The heart is irrational. The heart burns, especially on a day like this... Because 16 and a half years have gone by and it’s just as painful and insulting like it was yesterday.”

Elsewhere, in an interview with Israel Radio on Thursday, Kadima MK and former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter said that Hagai’s brother Yigal should have been executed for killing Rabin.

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