Jordanian convicted in Kennedy assassination granted parole

Sirhan Sirhan,
Sirhan Sirhan, pictured in this October 2009 handout image from the California Department of Corrections, had tried on 15 previous occasions to be released from his life sentence - California Department of Corrections/AFP/File
LOS ANGELES— Sirhan Sirhan, a Jordanian convicted of shooting dead Robert F. Kennedy in a 1968 assassination that rocked the United States was granted parole on Friday.اضافة اعلان

Sirhan Sirhan, now 77, has been behind bars for five decades — despite doubts that he fired the shots that likely changed the course of US politics.
Kennedy, the younger brother of slain president John F. Kennedy, was campaigning for the Democratic nomination when he was gunned down in a Los Angeles hotel.

Sirhan was convicted and sentenced to death in 1969 after pleading guilty.
His death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment several years later. 

But doubts soon surfaced that he was actually responsible for Bobby Kennedy's death, with claims that there could have been a second gunman in the Ambassador Hotel on June 5, 1968. 

On a walkabout in the kitchen where he met staff, he was shot, as were several other people in his entourage, among them Paul Schrade, who took a bullet to the head.

Schrade, along with Kennedy's then-14-year-old son, have since campaigned for Sirhan's release, saying the evidence against him does not stack up.

During Friday's hearing, Kennedy's youngest son, Douglas, spoke in favor of Sirhan's release, media reports said, adding that Robert F. Kennedy Jr had sent a letter of support to the parole board.

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