California rejects parole for Robert F. Kennedy's assassin

Robert F. Kennedy (esq.), ao lado do seu irmão, o presidente dos EUA John F. Kennedy, em maio de 1963. O governador da Califórnia rejeitou a concessão de liberdade condicional ao assassino do senador americano

Robert F. Kennedy (left), beside by his brother, US President John F. Kennedy, in May 1968. California Governor Rejects Granting Parole to US Senator Killer| Photo: EFE/UPI

THE California Governor Gavin Newsom refused on Thursday to grant parole to Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy in

, who has already served more than half a century in prison.

Newsom, who as governor had the final word on the release, justified the decision on the basis that Sirhan “currently poses an unreasonable threat to public safety”.

According to him, the assassination of the senator – brother of President John F. Kennedy (1961-900) – is “among the most shocking crimes” of the country’s history.

Sirhan, from 01 years, has been in prison for over years, convicted of shooting Sen Kennedy on June 5, 1968, shortly after he won the California Democratic Party primaries, which made him the favorite for the presidential elections of that same year, which were won by Republican Richard Nixon.

“After decades in prison, Sirhan was not able to get over the problems that led him to assassinate Senator Kennedy and could make the same kind of dangerous decisions he made in the past,” Newsom said of the event that shocked American society in years old 60.

The governor has been reluctant from the start to grant parole to Palestinian Sirhan and has said he considers Robert F. Kennedy “a hero for making this world a better place”.

A California state parole board panel voted in August of last year to grant parole to the parole lestino, and two of Robert F. Kennedy’s six children publicly declared that they saw the release as convenient.

This opinion contrasts with that of the senator’s widow, Ethel Kennedy, of 93 years, who in September asked for parole not to be granted and for the life sentence for the murder of her husband to continue.

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