The California Parole Board’s decision will be submitted to the state governor, who has the power to deny or vary it.
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Green light from American justice. The parole board of California (United States) gave Friday August 27 its approval for the release from prison of Sirhan Sirhan, who had assassinated Robert Kennedy, younger brother of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, during the presidential campaign of 1968.
Sirhan Sirhan, 77 years old today, was convicted on April 17, 1969 of the murder of the senator from New York. He had been sentenced to death but his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 1972, following a brief abolition of the death penalty in California.
After a 90-day review period, the board’s parole decision, which previously denied the convict’s request fifteen times, will be referred to the Governor of California, who has the power to deny or vary it.
A Palestinian immigrant, Sirhan Sirhan had murdered “Bobby” Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, while the senator was campaigning for the Democratic nomination for the presidential election. Five other people were injured. The murderer had at the time justified his gesture by the support given by Robert Kennedy to the sale of military planes to Israel.
During his previous parole application in 2016, Sirhan Sirhan had claimed that he had drunk too much on the night of the crime and that he would have liked “that nothing happened”. He also assured that the confession during his trial was made by a lawyer who advised him badly and convinced him that he was guilty.