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Israeli TV broadcasts video
of Rabin's assassination

Trial of confessed killer delayed

December 19, 1995
Web posted at: 3:00 p.m. EST (2000 GMT)

JERUSALEM, Israel (CNN) -- A video of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination was broadcast on Israeli TV Tuesday night. It shows the confessed assassin, Yigal Amir, loitering near the prime minister's car after a Tel Aviv peace rally on November 4. The gunman easily approaches Rabin from behind and shoots him in the back at point-blank range. (655K QuickTime movie)

Israel's Channel 2 broadcast the dark and grainy video, taken by an amateur photographer. It is the only known video of the murder. Channel 2 circled the gunman in red to make him more visible as he is seen stalking Rabin, who is indicated with a blue arrow. The gunman's outstretched left arm nearly touches the prime minister as two shots from the gun suddenly flash and the 73-year-old prime minister drops to the ground, covered by his bodyguards.

The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth published a series of still images from the eight-minute video across half its front page Tuesday.

The video was made by 37-year-old Tel Aviv resident Ronni Kempler, an accountant for the state comptroller's Office. He taped the murder from a rooftop overlooking the parking lot where Rabin was shot. Asked why he taped the parking lot, Kempler told the newspaper: "The whole time I had the feeling that something bad would happen. There was anxiety in the air. Maybe because in the (army) reserves I deal in security, I am more sensitive to that."

Amir Meanwhile, in Tel Aviv, Amir's trial has been put off for more than a month to give defense lawyers more time to review the evidence. In a packed courtroom under heavy security Tuesday, the judge who granted the delay set a new trial date of January 23.

Amir, who has not formally entered a plea in the killing, has said he committed the assassination in an effort to prevent Israel from handing over holy land to Palestinians. One of his attorneys had asked the judge to ban Channel 2 from airing the videotape of the murder but the judge said he had no authority to stop it.

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