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        8/30/2011, Av 30, 5771

      Hearing on Yigal Amir Learning Request Tuesday


      The Central Region District Court is scheduled to hold a hearing, Tuesday, on a decision to allow Yigal Amir, the convicted assassin of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, to study Torah once every two weeks in his cell with another prisoner. It is not clear if a ruling will be issued or if there will be more hearings.

      The Israel Prisons Service and the Shabak Israel Security Agency claim that Amir will exploit the presence of another prisoner to spread what they called his violent ideology. Amir attorney Ariel Atari said, Tuesday morning, that the claims are baseless. He added that political persecution stands behind the attempts to continue Amir's 16 years of isolation and that the establishment is trying to keep in line with the media and other opinion shapers.