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Doctors: Amir Fit to Stand Trial


Psychiatrists who examined Yigal Amir have concluded that the confessed assassin of Yitzhak Rabin is fit to stand trial.

Amir had agreed to be evaluated at the suggestion of Tel Aviv District Judge Edmond Levy, how said it would ensure that the accused would have fair legal representation.

Judges hearing the case Sunday gave defense attorneys the results of the examination, performed by three state psychiatrists, who found that Amir was of sound mind and was not mentally distressed in any way.

The judges then resumed hearing hearing evidence at the first court session after a monthlong recess for the tests.

Amir was scheduled to appear before the country Monday.

Amir, a 25-year-old religious Jews, admitted to shooting the prime minister when he left a Nov. 4 peace rally in Tel Aviv.

Amir, who also faces charges of conspiracy in a separate trial, said that when he shot Rabin, he intended to paralyze him and to force him out of the political arena.

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