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Accomplice in Israel's Rabin killing to be freed Friday

Brother of slain Israeli PM's assassin will be released on Friday after serving 16 years in jail for complicity in the 1995 murder

AFP , Thursday 3 May 2012
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The brother and key accomplice of the man who assassinated Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is to be freed on Friday after more than 16 years in jail, Israel's prison service said.

"Haggai Amir will be freed on Friday morning from Ayalon prison after serving a sentence of 16 and a half years," Israel Prison Services spokeswoman Sivan Weizman told AFP on Thursday.

"He was sentenced to 16 years in prison for complicity in the murder of Rabin, and another six months for death threats he made against former prime minister Ariel Sharon," she added.

Haggai Amir is the brother of Yigal Amir, who shot and fatally wounded Rabin at a Tel Aviv peace rally on 4 November 1995, in a bid to torpedo the Oslo autonomy accords with the Palestinians. He is serving a life term.

Neither brother has expressed any remorse for the killing and Yigal Amir remains incarcerated in a high-security jail under round-the-clock surveillance.

Rabin's daughter Dalia told Israeli news website Ynet that Haggai should never go free.

"People like that belong behind bars forever," she said.

The site said that he was expected to spend his first weekend of freedom with relatives at an unnamed West Bank settlement, before moving in with his parents in Herzliya, just north of Tel Aviv.

Ynet said that some settlement residents were unhappy with the impending visit and were trying to convince the family to reconsider.

"This is a private visit," it quoted an anonymous resident as saying. "We have no way to stop it, but we are not pleased."

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