March 27, 1996 in Nation/World

Former Law Student Guilty Of Rabin’s Assassination

Associated Press

An Israeli court today convicted Yitzhak Rabin’s confessed assassin of murder, saying the former law student meticulously planned the killing and then calmly pulled the trigger.

Defendant Yigal Amir, 25, showed little emotion during the 45-minute reading of the verdict.

Amir was asked to stand when Judge Edmond Levy concluded his remarks by saying the defendant was guilty of murder. Amir briefly placed one hand on his forehead, but displayed no other reaction.

The mandatory sentence for murder in Israel is life in prison. Levy was to pass sentence later today.

The judge rejected defense claims that Amir was obsessed with removing Rabin from office because of his opposition to the government’s peace policy and therefore not in full control when he opened fire on Rabin on Nov. 4.

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