State Won't Oppose Adding a Prisoner to Yigal Amir's Cell

Convicted Rabin assassin opposes such a move, arguing that he should be transferred out of isolation completely.

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The State Attorney's Office said on Monday that it would not oppose the addition of a prisoner to the cell of Yigal Amir, the convicted assassin of Yitzhak Rabin.

Amir has been held in solitary confinement for the past 15 years. Amir is serving a life sentence for shooting and killing Rabin as the then-prime minister departed a peace rally in Tel Aviv on November 4, 1995.

Rabin assassin Yigal Amir in court, October 2010.Credit: Tomer Neuberg

The State Attorney Office's statement came during a Supreme Court hearing requested by Amir on his confinement conditions.

Amir said he opposes having another prisoner added to to his cell, arguing that he should be transferred out of isolation completely and into the regular prison population.

"I have no intention of indoctrinating others," he said. "What I did was a one-time thing."

Israel's Shin Bet internal security service has said that Amir could incite other prisoners and also that entering the prison population could constitute a threat on his life.

Before the start of Monday's hearing, Amir's wife Larisa Trembovler said that Amir's prison conditions amounted to "torture."

On Sunday, the Physicians for Human Rights organization called on Israel to end the solitary confinement of Amir.

PHR said that the Israel Prison Service, which has systematically opposed ending Amir's solitary confinement, is aware of the ramifications for a person's mental state caused by isolation.

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