Rabin killer's brother released from Israel prison

By Updated at 2012-05-04 05:46:46 +0000


JERUSALEM (AP) — The brother of the man who killed Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has been released from prison after 16 1/2 years.

Hagai Amir was serving a sentence for complicity in the 1995 killing. His brother Yigal Amir is serving a life sentence for gunning down the prime minister after a Tel Aviv peace rally.

Upon his release Friday, Amir told Israel Radio, "I am proud of what I did."

Rabin's killing stunned Israelis who had pinned their hopes on the former general's bold peace agenda. Some argue that his murder radically changed the course of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

The brothers opposed Rabin's policy of trading land to the Palestinians for peace.