U.S. Diplomat in Israel Terms ‘premature’ Bid by Sirhan’s Father for Son’s Remains
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U.S. Diplomat in Israel Terms ‘premature’ Bid by Sirhan’s Father for Son’s Remains

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A request for the body of Sirhan B. Sirhan, condemned to death for the murder of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was termed “premature” by an official of the American Embassy. The request was made by the assassin’s father, Bishara Sirhan of Tayibeh Village, near Ramallah on Saturday. The elder Sirhan asked the consulate to arrange for the transfer of his son’s remains for burial if he is executed. A consulate official told him that legal proceedings might go on for months. The younger Sirhan is in a death row cell at San Quentin Prison. Sirhan also handed the consulate a letter to be forwarded to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, expressing deep appreciation for his efforts to save Sirhan’s life.

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