Rabin assassin to request retrial, claims he did not fire bullets that killed PM
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Yigal Amir, who is currently serving a life sentence plus 14 years for the assassination of Israel's former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, will be seeking a retrial during which he will claim that he did not fire the bullets which ultimately killed the leader.
A public relations adviser for Amir and his family told the Times of Israel that his defense team will claim that Amir should have been tried for attempted murder, rather than for the actual murder of Rabin, arguing that another assassin actually fired the lethal bullets.
“We are not saying that Yigal Amir wasn’t there and we are not saying that he didn’t shoot. But there is proof that his bullets didn’t kill Rabin,” Michael Achour told the Times of Israel. “He was there, but he didn’t kill him. It should be considered attempted murder.”
Amir, 47, is currently serving a life sentence plus 14 years for the murder of the Prime Minister and injuring his bodyguard under aggravating circumstances.
Amir’s wife Larisa Trembovler announced on Saturday in a Facebook post that Amir would seek a retrial.
“I would like to inform you that a defense team is currently being set up to prepare and file a request for a retrial for Yigal Amir,” she wrote.
On Sunday morning she added another post that the defense team had “18 pieces of proof that the bullets that Yigal Amir fired at Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s head on November 4, 1995, were not those that caused his death.”
Trembovler married Amir in 2004, and in 2007 she became pregnant after her husband was allowed to receive conjugal visits for the first time.
Unlike previously failed attempts at retrial based on conspiracy theories, the new request suggests that Amir should have been tried for attempted murder, rather than for the actual murder of the late prime minister.
The right wing activist never expressed remorse for the slaying of Rabin and justified his actions using ‘Din Rodef’, a concept in Jewish law that allows in some cases murdering someone in order to prevent them killing others.
In 2001 the Israeli parliament passed a law that prohibits pardoning or shortening the sentence of someone convicted of murdering a prime minister.
Education minister and leader of the nationalist Jewish Home party, Naftali Bennett, tweeted in response to the news that “the murderer of a prime minister needs to end his days in prison.”
“There is no left or right on this issue. Every murderer is bad, but the murderer of a prime minister can undo the state,” he wrote.
Chairwoman of the left wing Meretz party, Zahava Gal-On, said in response that in place of a retrial of Amir, the “rabbis” she said were accomplices in the murder should stand trial.
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