LOS ANGELES – The widow of Robert F Kennedy said today that her killer Sirhan Sirhan should not be released despite a parole board’s recommendation last month.
“Bobby believed that we should work to ‘tame the barbarism of man and soften the life of the world’.” He wanted to end the war in Vietnam and bring people together to build a better, stronger country. More than anything, he wanted to be a good father and a loving husband,” Ethel Kennedy, 93, said in a statement Tuesday.
“Our family and our country have suffered an irreparable loss due to the inhumanity of one person. We believe in the gentleness that spared his life, but in controlling his act of violence, he should never get an opportunity to terrorize him again.
“He should not be paroled,” Kennedy concluded.
In June 1968 Sirhan assassinated Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, as the New York senator and Democratic presidential candidate was claiming victory in the California primary.
He was recommended for parole on 27 August in his 16th attempt. The two-person panel’s decision doesn’t automatically mean that Sirhan, 77, who plays Richard J. Donovan is imprisoned in a correctional facility. San Diego County, will be issued. The decision entered a 120-day review period, after which it would be sent to the governor, who would have 30 days to decide whether to uphold, reject or amend it.
During the hearing, Kennedy’s youngest son Douglas spoke in favor of Sirhan’s release. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. also sent a letter to the board in support of the parole.
Six of Kennedy’s other seven surviving children released a statement after the verdict saying they were “devastated” that the man who killed our father has been recommended for parole.
“The death of our father is a very difficult matter for us to discuss publicly and for the past several decades we have refused to engage in parole
process,” according to statements from former Representatives Joseph P. Kennedy II (D-Massachusetts), Courtney Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, Christopher G. Kennedy, Maxwell P. Kennedy and Rory Kennedy.
“Given today’s unexpected recommendation by the California Parole Board following 15 previous decisions to deny release, we feel compelled to explain our position. We strongly oppose Sirhan Sirhan’s parole and release and hold one such position.” We are shocked by the verdict in which we believe California ignores the standards of parole for a confessed, first-degree murderer in the state.
“The death of our father affected our family in ways that can never be adequately expressed and today’s decision by the two-member parole board has caused enormous additional pain. But beyond just us, Robert Kennedy’s Six of the nine surviving children, Sirhan Sirhan, committed a crime against our country and its people. He took our father from our family and he took him from America.”
No one from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office attended the hearing. District Attorney George Gascon has set a policy against attending parole hearings for defendants who have served prison sentences longer than the required minimum term. His office took the position that the parole board has all the information it needs to decide whether a prisoner is fit for release.
Sirhan, a Palestinian from Jordan, was initially sentenced to death, but later converted to prison after the state’s Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional in 1972.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times