The Prisons Service must "clean house" and look into how Yigal Amir, the convicted murderer of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, could have secretly married Larissa Trimbobler, Labor MK Eitan Cabel said Friday.
Family members said the Amir and Trimbobler wed two weeks ago, apparently by telephone.
"It's impossible to avoid a grave feeling of neglect," Cabel told Israel Radio.
The Prisons Service said Friday that it would "investigate the civil and Jewish legal issues related to the marriage of the prisoner." Late Thursday night, warders were sent to Amir's cell at the Ayalon Prison in Ramle to hear his version of the events. Until proven otherwise, the Prisons Service is denying that a wedding took place.
The Amir family said the marriage took place after it obtained a halakhic (Jewish law) ruling by two rabbis, who said a couple can marry over the phone, or in the absence of either the bride or groom, if the groom has already sanctified the wedding ring. But Trimbobler told Israel Radio on Friday that Amir had not sent out a ring from his cell.
"It is not logical," senior Prisons Service officials responded with surprise late Thursday night following the family's claims.
The family said one of the rabbis was Rabbi Nissim Karlitz, head of the rabbinical court in Bnei Brak. But his son said Karlitz never gave specific permission to the couple to marry, although he may have given a general opinion on the case, Israel Radio reported Friday.
Amir's mother, Geula, told reporters Thursday night that the couple was married. "I'm very happy and hope the court will authorize its legality. They are married, and I am waiting for the full wedding with the huppah [marriage canopy]."
She refused to say how the ceremony took place, but confirmed it had not been in her son's presence.
"When you are not allowed to marry and when they try to choke you, it is not right and there is no choice, Geula Amir said. "So you work in other ways."
Amir is allowed each day to make 30 minutes of phone calls that are monitored by security officials. The officials said they heard no phone conversation in which Amir and Trimbobler were married.