Photo: Gil Yohanan
Assassin of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, Yigal Amir
Photo: Gil Yohanan
Photo: Gil Yohanan
Yigal Amir's wife, Larissa Trimbobler
Photo: Gil Yohanan

High Court: Yigal Amir may father child

Court turns down petition by two former MKs demanding that wife of Rabin's assassin not be allowed to conceive child for life

The High Court rejected on Tuesday a petition by two former Members of Knesset to indefinitely ban Yigal Amir and his wife from conceiving a child, putting an end to a legal saga between the assassin of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and the Israel Prison Authority.


Amir's brother Amitai said in response: "I welcome the current victory as part of this comprehensive battle against my brothers, Yigal and Hagai, which is aimed at isolating them and breaking their spirits."


The petition was filed by former MKs Neta Dovrin and Ronen Tzur.


The head of the Israel Prison Service and the State Comptroller had decided to allow Amir and his wife Larissa Trimbobler to conceive a child through in vitro fertilization, but maintained that Amir will not be allowed to leave his prison cell.


Amir's lawyers said although they deplore their client's deeds, any attempt to prevent Amir from fathering a child amounts to a violation of his basic rights.


Trimbobler recently addressed a personal letter to High Court President Aharon Barak, pleading that he'd allow the couple to conceive a child by artificial insemination.


In the letter Trimbobler referred to a recent High Court ruling in favor of an amendment to the Citizenship Law, which denies residency to Palestinians married to Israeli citizens. Barak voted for the cancellation of the amendment citing it harms people's right to family life.


"I wish to remind your honor that just over a year ago you agreed with the opinion of your colleague Judge Mishael Heshin, which denied us our right to minimal family life that is granted to all prisoners and their wives in the form of monthly conjugal visits," she wrote, adding that unfounded security considerations are behind the discrimination against her and Amir.


פרסום ראשון: 06.13.06, 13:23
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