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Woman convicted over rabin killing { June 14 1998 }

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Sunday, June 14, 1998 Published at 08:07 GMT 09:07 UK
World: Middle East

Woman convicted over Rabin killing

A woman friend of the man convicted of the murder of the former prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, has been found guilty by a court in Tel Aviv of failing to prevent the killing.

The woman, Margalit Har-Shefi, was acquitted on a second charge of giving the killer, Yigal Amir, the means to commit a crime.

She faces a maximum jail sentence of two years.

She has said she never took seriously Amir's "crazy plans" to kill Rabin over his policy of handing Arabs occupied land for peace. Har-Shefi was a friend of Amir's at Bar-Ilan University near Tel Aviv.

Amir, a right-wing religious Jew, is serving a sentence of life imprisonment for the murder of Mr Rabin at a Tel Aviv peace rally in November 1995.

Har-Shefi was not the only person privy to Amir's plans - an official government report concluded that a former Shin Bet agent, Avishai Raviv, knew the right-winger had repeatedly boasted of his intention to kill the Labour prime minister.

Rabin's death had a profound impact on Middle East politics - less than a year later, the Likud party leader Binyamin Netanyahu came to power after the replacement Labour prime minister, Shimon Peres, failed to persuade the Israeli people that he was tough enough on security issues.

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