Yigal Amir
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Bill: Revoke Yigal Amir's right to vote

Legislation committee to debate proposal revoking voting rights of Rabin's killer, convicted terrorists

The Ministerial Committee on Legislation is scheduled to discuss Sunday a bill preventing the assassin of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Yigal Amir, from voting in general elections.


The bill was proposed by MK Moshe Matalon (Yisrael Beiteinu). It follows a law approved in 2001, according to which no parole committee will be able to approve Amir's release.


In 2008 the Knesset approved in a preliminary reading a bill stating that the statute of limitations does not apply to assassination of a prime minister, or accessory to such an act.


The current bill also states that the right to vote will be repealed for anyone convicted of taking part in an act of terror, including those who murdered or sent others to murder innocent civilians.


An explanation of the bill says that "in addition to the sentence these people received from a court justice, the revoking of this right will constitute another announcement that they are no longer considered part of society".


The ministerial committee is also scheduled to discuss a bill by Meretz Chairman MK Chaim Oron, who wants to limit the pay received by public officials. The proposal states that public officials will not receive pay higher than that received by a Supreme Court judge, or five times the average pay in the market.


פרסום ראשון: 05.01.10, 21:16
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