Robert Kennedy’s killer not on parole

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Robert Kennedy’s killer not on parole

Sirhan Sirhan during a hearing in 2016

Sirhan Sirhan during a hearing in 2016

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Sirhan Sirhan has been in prison for 53 years for the murder of American politician Robert F. Kennedy. A parole board recommended his release, but the California governor has now rejected it, saying it was “one of the most notorious crimes in American history”.

Dhe murderer of American politician Robert F. Kennedy, imprisoned for more than five decades, will not be released on parole. The Governor of California Gavin Newsom spoke out on Thursday (local time) against the release of 77-year-old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy’s 1968 assassination is one of the most notorious crimes in American history, Newsom wrote in a statement.

After decades in prison, Sirhan has failed to show the necessary insight that would prevent him from making other dangerous decisions.

A California parole board voted to release Sirhan in August. Sirhan has been in prison for 53 years and has just launched his 16th clemency appeal. The commission’s decision was presented to the Governor of California, who has now overruled it.

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Ethel Kennedy, 93, widow of Robert F. Kennedy, and six of their 11 children were “deeply relieved” by Newsom’s decision in a joint statement Thursday.

A photograph of Robert F. Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Museum in Boston

A photograph of Robert F. Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Museum in Boston

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Two Kennedy sons, on the other hand, spoke 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 recognized Sirhan’s impressive rehabilitation, the Los Angeles Times reported. Douglas Kennedy said prisoners should be released when they no longer pose a threat to themselves or others.

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Sirhan, a Jerusalem-born Palestinian, shot Kennedy dead in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968 – just hours after winning the California primary to nominate the Democratic presidential candidate for the United States. US justice assumed that Kennedy’s pro-Israel attitude was the motive of the then 24-year-old assailant. Kennedy’s brother, US President John F. Kennedy, had been shot five years earlier in Dallas, Texas.

Sirhan was sentenced to death in 1969. After California suspended the death penalty in 1972, the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.

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