California Governor Gavin Newsom has denied parole to Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestinian refugee serving a life sentence for assassinating US presidential candidate Robert F Kennedy in 1968. Al Jazeera reports that outlining his decision in an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times, Newsom said he disagreed with the Board of Parole Hearings finding that the 77-year-old was suitable for parole, saying he had determined that “Sirhan has not developed the accountability and insight required to support his safe release into the community”. Sirhan’s lawyer, Angela Berry, however suggested in a statement that Newsom had bowed to political considerations in denying her client parole.
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