Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestinian activist who killed Robert Kennedy in 1968, has been released on probation, he wrote on CBS Boston.
A committee in Los Angeles decided, after two sons stated that they supported such a parole, writes AP.
Douglas Kennedy was just a baby when his father was shot dead. He says he was touched by Sarhan’s remorse.
I have lived my whole life in fear of him and his name in one way or another. I am grateful that today I can see him as a human being worthy of sympathy and love.
The prosecution failed to argue that 77-year-old Sirhan should remain behind the walls.
The only person who can stop the parole now is California Governor Gavin Newsom.
He has the final say after the case has passed a 90-day evaluation.
Sarhan has been imprisoned for more than 50 years. Friday’s hearing was Sarhan’s 16th attempt, and his request for parole was last denied in 2016.
Robert Kennedy ran as the Democratic presidential candidate in 1968, just five years after the assassination of his brother, President John F. Kennedy.
He won primaries in several states, but it is not certain that he would become the Democratic candidate in the National Assembly in 1968. On the same night that he was declared victory in the important state of California, Kennedy was murdered.
Sirhan Sirhan stated that the reason he killed Kennedy was his support for Israel. He himself was born in Jerusalem to an Arab Christian family.
“I did it for my country,” Sarhan cried when he was laid to the ground after Kennedy was shot.
Sirhan felt betrayed by Kennedy after he promised to support Israel with warplanes in a speech at a synagogue. The date that Sarhan chose was not a coincidence, but rather one year after the Six-Day War of 1967.
In an interview in 1989, he stated that he was disappointed by Kennedy who saw him as a hero.
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