Rabin Assassin Asks to Be Removed From 'Vengeful' Solitary Confinement

Yigal Amir has been in solitary confinement for the last 15 years.

Assassin of former Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin,Yigal Amir, said on Thursday that Israel's request to keep him in solitary confinement was motivated by "revenge."

During a court hearing regarding his petition to be removed from his solitary quarters, in which he has been held prisoner since the murder in 1995, Amir told reporters that "Israel's insistence to keep me separated from others is the state's revenge against me."

The state is required to petition to the court every six months in order to extend Amir's incarceration conditions in a separate cell, which it has done for the last 15 years.

Four months ago Amir petitioned to the Nazareth District Court to transfer him to a different ward, but was denied his request.

Presiding Judge David Chashin said that "solitary confinement for over 15 years is a long time, and we should not take this lightly, even we are dealing with a serious offense, which deserves our denunciation and condemnation."

"However, Amir did not only limit himself to discussions with family members, but attempted to spread his violent doctrine to a sympathetic crowd, some of whom are suspected of terrorist activities," he added.