JERUSALEM (Oct. 22)
The suit Yitzhak Rabin wore on the night he was assassinated is to be given to a center to preserve the slain prime minister’s memory.
The Israeli daily Ma’ariv ran a photo Monday of the dark suit, stained by blood from Rabin’s fatal wounds, as well as his shirt, which has a bullet hole in it.
Until now, Rabin’s clothing from that Nov. 4 night in Tel Aviv was being stored by the National Crime Squad in Petach Tikva.
Last week, the Tel Aviv District Court issued an order barring police from destroying the suit and other evidence from the case, which is standard practice once a murder case is closed.
Rabin’s assassin, Yigal Amir, is serving a life sentence plus 11 years for the murder and other crimes.
The judge also ruled that the police should retain the Beretta pistol Amir used to shoot Rabin, the bullets removed from Rabin’s body, the three spent shells found at the scene of the murder and the remaining bullets in the gun’s chamber.
The court said all the evidence should be transferred to the State Archives, until the Center for the Preservation of Rabin’s Memory is established.