Sirhan’s Father Says U.S. Politicians’ Pro-israel Views Will Generate Plots

The father of Sirhan Sirhan, the accused assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, has warned that “there will be no shortage of plotters” as long as American political leaders continue to express pro-Israel sentiments, the Jerusalem Post reported today. The Post published an interview with Bishara Sirhan, a resident of the West Bank, who just returned to his village from a tour of Arab countries. The elder Sirhan told a reporter that he got “only promises” but no funds sufficient to enable him to travel to the United States for his son’s trial. His remark on “plotters” was apparently a reference to the three Yemeni Arabs arrested in New York last week for allegedly conspiring to assassinate President-elect Richard M. Nixon.

(A Brooklyn Grand Jury today indicted the Yemenis on four counts each in connection with an alleged plot. Indicted were Ahmed Namer, 43, his son, Hussein, 20, both naturalized American citizens, and another son, Abdo, 18, a citizen of Yemen. If convicted, each faces maximum prison sentences of 24 years for conspiracy to murder, criminal solicitation and possession of dangerous weapons. The Jury acted following two days of testimony from witnesses presented by the Kings County District Attorney’s office. The Namers were arrested by police last Saturday on a tip from a fourth Yemeni, as yet unidentified, who said he was offered a “large sum” by the Namers to participate in a murder plot. A possible link between the alleged plot and the assassination of Sen. Kennedy in Los Angeles last June for which Sirhan Sirhan, a Jordanian, has been indicted, is under investigation by Federal authorities.)

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