Yitzchak Rabin assassin Yigal Amir to ask for retrial

Yitzchak Rabin assassin Yigal Amir to ask for retrial

Murderer of ex-Israeli prime minister to challenge the decision which put him in solitary confinement for the rest of his life

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin

 Yigal Amir, who assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, is asking for a retrial.

Amir, 47, was sentenced to life in solitary confinement in prison for the murder, which occurred after a peace rally in Tel Aviv. Amir confessed to shooting Rabin and reenacted it for police.

He opposed Rabin’s territorial concessions, a condition of the Oslo Accords, which Rabin signed with then-Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat.

His wife, Larissa Trimbobler, whom he married in a proxy ceremony while in prison, in a Facebook post on Saturday said that Amir would seek a retrial.

“I wish to update that, at this time, a legal defence team is being assembled to prepare and submit a request for a retrial for Yigal Amir,” the Facebook post reportedly said. “The move is being taken with permission and authorisation after Yigal Amir gave his consent.”

Amir and Trimbobler, who were married in 2004, were permitted conjugal visits and have an 11-year-old son.

In a second Facebook post Sunday Trimbobler reportedly wrote that Amir’s defence lawyers have evidence that the bullets he fired at Rabin did not cause his death.

Earlier this month more than 80,000  people gathered in the same Tel Aviv square where Rabin was killed to commemorate his assassination.

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