State Prosecutor Moshe Lador rejected on Sunday a request by a number of Knesset members and prominent religious leaders to retroactively acquit Margalit Har-Shefi, who was convicted of failing to report Yigal Amir's intention to assassinate prime minister Yitzhak Rabin 15 years ago. She was sentenced to nine months in prison.
The Justice Ministry said the current request contains "no new explanation warranting a reexamination of the State's position," adding that Lador determined the request was identical to the one submitted in 2008 to then Attorney General Menachem Mazuz, who found no basis to declare a retrial.
In a letter addressed to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, the MKs and religious leaders quoted former Shin Bet chiefs Carmi Gillon and Ami Ayalon as saying they believed that Har-Shefi was not aware of Amir's intention to kill Rabin.
Among those who signed the letter were MKs Otniel Schneller of Kadima and Uri Ariel of the National Union, as well as Rabbis Yuval Sherlo and Yaakov Meidan.
Weinstein made the decision to pardon himself from dealing with the request to acquit Har-Shefi due to the fact that he was in touch with her family in the past, when he was working as a private attorney.
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