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PM Rabin's killer wins conjugal privileges

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's murderer, Yigal Amir, will receive conjugal privileges, the Prisons' Service confirmed Friday.

Amir, who assassinated Rabin in 1995 to scuttle the peace process, is serving a life sentence in solitary confinement. He married Larissa Trembovler, who emigrated from Russia and divorced her former husband.

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Amir first fought to get his marriage recognized. The authorities tried to prevent it and kept a close watch on the two whenever they met, so Amir took advantage of the Jewish law that allows marriage via a messenger.

He then struggled for the right to have children and the court allowed artificial insemination once procedures are completed. Before these conditions were met a warden caught him passing a container with semen.

The idea that a prime minister's murderer would be allowed to have offspring irks Israelis, but there is no law banning it.

The authorities have so far prevented it, saying he is a dangerous person who can pass messages when he sees his wife alone, away from the cameras that cover his cell.

However, the Shabak security service determined this danger no longer exists and the commander of the Ayalon Jail where he is held, Col. Shlomo Cohen, said that if Amir behaves he would get the privilege in a few days.

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No cameras will be in the room that will be assigned to the two, but other security systems will be there maintaining "security of the prison, his wife and his own," Cohen told Israel Radio.

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