Hagai Amir convicted of threatening PM

Court rules Amir's remarks to prison guards about killing Sharon weren't a joke.

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Netanya Magistrate's Court judge Ruth Lorch on Sunday convicted Haggai Amir, the brother of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassin, Yigal, of threatening to arrange for the killing of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. According to the Criminal Code, he could be sentenced to up to three years in jail for telling a prison guard, "All I have to do is make one phone call and see to it that Sharon is eliminated and blown away." The incident occurred on October 31, 2004, after Amir was unable to get hold of his parents during phone privileges. Haggai Amir was sentenced to 16 years in jail on charges of conspiracy to murder Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, conspiracy to kill Arabs, and manufacturing, carrying and possessing weapons. This month, he completed two-thirds of his sentence and is now eligible for parole according to the law. Amir said he was only joking when he talked about Sharon. He also said he had not threatened the prime minister but had only asked the prison guard if the guard was afraid he might eliminate and blow away the prime minister. However, Lorch accepted the testimony of two prison guards who said Amir had made a threat, not asked a question. The guards were identified as Ofer Shamir and Sgt. Salah Ghanem. Amir charged that Ghanem had framed him because he had complained that the prison guard had not brought him his food quickly enough.