More than 50 years in prison: the murderer of Robert Kennedy will not be released

Status: 01/14/2022 8:55 a.m.

Even after more than 50 years, the murderer of Robert Kennedy – the brother of ex-President John F. Kennedy – remains in custody. A parole board recommended his parole, but the governor of California refused.

The murderer of American politician Robert F. Kennedy, imprisoned for more than five decades, is not released on parole. Contrary to the advice of a parole board, the governor of the US state of California has refused the parole of Sirhan Sirhan, the murderer of Robert Kennedy.

Governor Gavin Newsom has refused to allow the parole of Robert Kennedy’s killer. Sirhan is still a “threat”.


Still a “threat to public safety”

Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement that the 77-year-old was still a “threat to public safety” and refused to “take responsibility for this crime”. “The assassination of Senator Kennedy by Mr. Sirhan is one of the most famous crimes in American history,” he said. “After decades in prison, he still has not corrected the mistakes that led to the assassination of Senator Kennedy.” Sirhan lacks “the clarity necessary to prevent him from making the same dangerous decisions as in the past.”

Jerusalem-born Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan was convicted in 1969 of the murder of New York Senator, younger brother of US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who had been assassinated five years earlier. The court ruled that he shot Robert Kennedy in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968 – just hours after winning the California primary for free choice of Democratic presidential candidate. American justice accepted Kennedy’s pro-Israel position as the motive for the then 24-year-old aggressor.

Sirhan Sirhan has been in prison for 53 years for the murder of American politician Robert F. Kennedy.

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Sirhan was sentenced to death, but in 1972 his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. In August 2021, the California Parole Board finally approved Sirhan Sirhan’s release from prison after rejecting it 15 times. However, the final decision rests with the governor.

Kennedy-Wirtwe eased Newsom decision

Ethel Kennedy (93), widow of Robert F. Kennedy, and six of their eleven children said they were “deeply relieved” by Newsom’s decision in a joint statement.

Two Kennedy sons had spoken out in favor of Sirhan’s release. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote in a letter to the parole board in August that he believed his father had recognized Sirhan’s impressive rehabilitation, the Los Angeles Times reported. Douglas Kennedy said inmates should be released when they no longer pose a threat to themselves or to others.

Kennedy’s killer will not be released

Katharina Wilhelm, ARD Los Angeles, January 14, 2022 7:36 a.m.


January 14, 2022 • 9:33 am

it seems to me ….

our American friends have different standards of prison terms. the chance of being paroled as a prisoner in this country, like Christian Klar and many others, seems to be much greater

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