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Favoured by Robert Kennedy's sons, assassin to get parole
The prole board has recommended release of Robert F Kennedy's assassin Sirhan Sirhan. Two of Kennedy’s sons had spoken in favour of Sirhan Sirhan’s parole. The Californian Governor will have to decide whether to grant it, reverse it or modify it.

LOS ANGELES, Aug 29: Sirhan Sirhan, 77-year old Arab immigrant serving life in prison for Robert F Kennedy's assassination, the younger brother of slain US President John F Kennedy, in a Los Angeles hotel after he gave his victory speech on June 5, 1968 in the California Democratic presidential primary election, has been recommended for parole.

Two of Kennedy’s sons spoke in favour of Sirhan’s release. After a review of the recommendation in 90 days, the Californian Governor will have 30 days to decide whether to grant it, reverse it or modify it.

Sirhan was convicted and sentenced to death in 1969. He had pleaded guilty. Later on the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.

Kennedy’s youngest son Douglas had written to the parole board in favour of Sirhan’s release. He said he was moved to tears by Sirhan’s remorse and he should be released if he’s not a threat to others.

In past hearings, there had also been doubts if Sirhan was the shooter. Autopsy report had said Kennedy was shot from behind. Sirhan was seen by witnesses standing in front of Kennedy. Moreover, 13 shots were fired that night while Sirhan's weapon could hold only eight bullets . Sirhan, a Christian Palestinian from Jordan, is said to have hated Kennedy because of his support for Israel. Richard Nixon had won the election.

Sirhan had tried on 15 times earlier to get released. On one occasion he expressed "deep regret" but also said he did not remember shooting Kennedy.

Robert Kennedy's murder came just months after the assssination of Black civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The brother of Robert F Kennedy, John F Kennedy, or JFK, who was the 35th President of the US, was assassinated while holding office on November 22, 1963. Inaugurated at the age of 43, JFK was the youngest to become President by election. He is alleged to have had connections with actress Marilyne Monroe.

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