Index - Abroad - California governor refuses to release Robert F. Kennedy's killer

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday denied the parole of Robert F. Kennedy, the assassin of former Justice Secretary Sirhan B. Sirhan.

In an opinion article published in the Los Angeles Times, the governor, who called the murdered politician his political role model, said: 77-year-old Sirhan still does not feel overweight, continues to try to shirk responsibility, and would be a danger if he were allowed back into the community. .

The Democratic governor stressed that the assassin had committed one of the most horrific crimes in U.S. history.

Newsom’s decision also divided the Kennedy family: the 94-year-old widow of the murdered politician, Ethel Kennedy, was deeply relieved, but two of the couple’s nine children – Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Douglas Kennedy Jr. – supported Sirhan B. Sirhan’s request. . In an article in the San Francisco Chronicle last December, Robert Kennedy Jr. claimed that Sirhan did not kill his father.

In a statement, the convicted man’s lawyer, Angela Berry, pointed out to Newsom that there were political reasons for her decision.

We are sure a judicial review will prove that the governor was wrong

He added.

Newsom decided after the California probation committee agreed in August that Palestinian-born Sirhan B. Sirhan could leave prison. Under the law, the decision came before the governor after a 90-day review period.

Sirhan was sentenced to death in 1969 for the assassination of Robert Kennedy, who was running for Democratic presidential candidacy. The sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment after the death penalty was abolished in California.

The release committee has previously rejected Sirhan’s request for release 15 times.

Robert Kennedy was one of the Democratic presidential candidates when he was shot dead by the 24-year-old Sirhan at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 6, 1968, a few minutes after he gave a victory speech at a key California election. The Palestinian-born Sirhan family relocated to the United States in 1956.

According to his former testimony, Sirhan decided to assassinate Kennedy for his statements during the 1967 six-day Arab-Israeli war. Later, however, he repeatedly testified that he could not remember the murder, he could only recall the events that preceded it.

(via MTI)

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