Israeli prison chief to deny Rabin killers marriage request

jerusalem | In a sudden turnaround that is likely to be challenged in court, Israel’s Prisons Authority announced that it would prohibit Yigal Amir, the assassin of the late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, from marrying in jail, despite a law permitting all prisoners to wed and have children.

Prison Commissioner Ya’akov Ganot instructed his legal aides to prepare a case to defend his decision — likely based on security considerations — in court, the authority said in a statement, in case Amir files a petition against the ban.

Amir has not yet filed an official request to wed, but his family confirmed Jan. 18 that he is engaged to Larissa Trimbobler, a fervently religious divorcée and mother of four.

The prison chief’s decision came as something of a surprise, since senior Prisons Authority officials said Sunday night the state body would find it very difficult to defend any decision to deny the marriage request.

Officials said that they could not remember a case in which a prisoner’s request to get married was denied, including requests by dangerous prisoners facing life sentences.

The officials added that the only argument that the Prisons Authority would be able to use to deny the request would be security considerations, in a case that might be prove hard to stand up in court according to present-day laws.

Amir is serving a life sentence for shooting Rabin at a Tel Aviv peace rally on Nov. 4, 1995. He is being held in solitary confinement, with his every move monitored by cameras.

Meanwhile, in a related development, the daughter of the late prime minister, Dalia Rabin-Pelossof, was hospitalized with reported heart palpitations after hearing the news that her father’s assassin would marry, a spokeswoman said. The former lawmaker was in good condition at Tel Hashomer hospital.