Israel - High Court Refuses to End Yigal Amir's Solitary Confinement
Israel - The High Court rejected on Tuesday a motion by Yigal Amir to enable him to come in contact with other prisoners. Amir has been held in solitary confinement since he was convicted of assassinating then-Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin in 1995.
“Even at this time,” Supreme Court Judge Miriam Naor wrote, “15 years after the dreadful deed of which the petitioner was convicted, the [evidential] material as a whole shows a danger to national security from the petitioner's spreading his vile creed when he comes in contact with other prisoners.”
Naor and the two other judges on the panel did however add that allowing Amir a short stay with other prisoners, under supervision, could be considered in the future.
Naor wrote about a theoretical future possibility of occasionally 'softening' Amir's isolation, in a way that does not pair up Amir with another prisoner. She mentioned the possibility of allowing him to join a prayer session with other prisoners and taking him back to solitary confinement a short time later. She rejected Amir's attorney's request that his client be allowed to be in the company of other prisoners during the day and only be placed in an isolated cell at night.