A new appeal case is being put forward to clear the name of Bobby Kennedy’s killer.
Robert F. Kennedy was gunned down at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles on June 5th, 1968. He was walking trough the hotel’s kitchen having just learned that he’d won the California primary election for the Democratic nomination for president.
A 24 year old Palestinian man named Sirhan Sirhan was arrested for the shooting and at the time is said to have cried, “I did it for my country,” as police took him away.
It was to be a second dose of tragedy for the Kennedy family as he died 26 hours later at the Good Samaritan Hospital and his body was interred next to his brother; the late John F. Kennedy who was famously assassinated in Dealey Plaza, Dallas Texas during a presidential motorcade.
Part of the evidence used against Sirhan were his diaries in which he frequently wrote of his disgust at Senator Edward Kennedy’s pledge to support Israel with American military. Bill Pepper is charged with leading the defence for 66 year old Sirhan, and he claims that his client was ‘programmed’ under hypnosis to carry out the killing
During preparation for Sirhan’s 14th parole case Pepper said, “Sirhan was put through a process involving hypnosis and chemicals.”
“Someone, some group or some agency did this,” he stated.
Pepper also believes that Sirhan wasn’t the only gunman present at the time of the shooting and that his role was only to serve as a diversion.
“We know Sirhan did not shoot the lethal bullets,” he said in an interview with Daily Telegraph.
“Witnesses said he was standing in the wrong place. He was there only as a distraction.”
However, despite his claims both Pepper and Sirhan insisting that the Palestinian had ‘no recollection’ of shooting Kennedy, the attorney may not be allowed to present his arguments during the parole hearing.
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