Yigal Amir
Photo: Yaron Brener
Judge Garfinkel. Big deal?

Amir brit to be held in prison

Tel Aviv District Court judges deny Rabin assassin's petition for special leave to attend his son's bris; ceremony will be held at Rimonim Prison on November 4th, the anniversary of the former PM's murder

The Tel Aviv District Court denied on Thursday Yigal Amir's petition for a special leave to attend his son's brit and ruled instead that the ceremony will be held at the Rimonin Prison on November 4th, the anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination.


Earlier the State asked the court to deny Amir's request for special leave, citing "we're not talking about a regular prisoner – this man murdered a prime minister and is proud of it… his leave poses a material threat to public safety, especially considering the date of the bris, which is the assassination's anniversary," said prosecuting attorney, Meital Ilan.


The State, said Ilan, is also against allowing the brit to take place inside the prison, since "there is no reason to allow Amir a privilege that has never been available to any other prisoner".


"I don't understand the State's objections to performing the brit in prison with the immediate family only. He's allowed visits, so what's the big deal about turning this visit into the brit?" asked Judge Avi Garfinkel, who presided over the hearing.


The prosecution did offer to provide Amir with a live-feed of the brit directly to his jail cell, but Judge Garfinkel said the offer was "ridiculous".


פרסום ראשון: 11.01.07, 15:06
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