Yitzhak Rabin assassin's brother released


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The brother of the man who killed Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin has been released from prison after 16 1/2 years.

Hagai Amir was serving a sentence for complicity in the 1995 killing.

His brother Yigal Amir is serving a life sentence for gunning down the prime minister after a Tel Aviv peace rally.

Upon his release today, Yigal Amir told Israel Radio: "I am proud of what I did."

Mr Rabin's killing stunned Israelis who had pinned their hopes on the former general's bold peace agenda.

Some argue that his murder radically changed the course of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

The brothers opposed Mr Rabin's policy of trading land to the Palestinians for peace.