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Brother of Rabin Assassin Convicted of Threatening Sharon

The brother of the man who assassinated Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin has been found guilty of threatening to kill Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Hagai Amir was convicted Sunday by an Israeli court of making the threat in October of 2004, long before Mr. Sharon suffered a stroke which has left him in a coma.

Hagai Amir is the brother of Yigal Amir, an Israeli ultranationalist who killed Mr. Rabin at a peace rally in 1995. Hagai Amir is serving an 18-year prison sentence for his part in that assassination.

He has now also been found guilty of threatening Mr. Sharon's life in a conversation with prison guards, who say Hagai Amir told them he could destroy the Israeli leader by simply making a phone call. The court rejected Amir's argument that the comment was meant to be a joke.