Hagai Amir gets year for threatening Sharon's life

The Netanya Magistrate's Court on Thursday sentenced Hagai Amir to an additional year in jail on charges of having threatened to kill former prime minister Ariel Sharon. The court had already convicted him on charges that he told one of his guards in October 2004 that with one telephone call he could arrange to have Sharon murdered. Amir will serve half of the additional year concurrently with the 16-year sentence he is serving for his involvement in his brother Amir's assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995. He will serve the other half after he completes his punishment for the assassination. After Thursday's hearing, Hagai charged that he was being "persecuted by a corrupt state."