Photo: Gil Yohanan
Amir: Claims unfair treatment
Photo: Gil Yohanan

Yigal Amir appeals to regain telephone rights

Rabin's assassin claims he is being treated more harshly than other offenders who gave unauthorized media interviews

Yigal Amir, the assassin of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, filed an appeal with the Supreme Court Wednesday against the Beersheba District Court's decision to ban him from making telephone calls.


The court imposed the ban after determining that he had participated in a press interview – a violation of his sentence – a few months ago.


After the interview Amir was transferred from Rimonim Prison to Ramon Prison for a six month term of administrative penalty, which bars him from conducting visits – conjugal and otherwise – and making phone calls.


Amir's appeal to the Supreme Court states that he had appealed the penalty sentence to a Beersheba court, which determined that all punitive measures aside from phone use should be canceled.


Amir claims that for over six years he has never been banned from associating with other people, and that he had not violated the terms of his sentence by conversing with a journalist. He said it was not an interview, and that he had simply conversed with her.


The assassin adds that documents stating he had conducted an interview from the prison on which his signature appears, and which were given by the prosecution as evidence, were false and that his signature had been forged.


Amir has continuously claimed that he has been abused by the Prison Service and that its officials employ illegal measures against him.


He has also claimed repeatedly that other offenders who granted illegal interviews were handed lesser punishments. In this case he claims Marwan Barghouti was penalized with just five days of solitary confinement and the revoking of visitation rights for one month, and Meir Abergil's phone rights were revoked for three months.


פרסום ראשון: 03.04.09, 17:46
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