Thursday 19 September 2019

Robert Kennedy’s killer back behind bars after treatment for prison attack

Sirhan Sirhan, who has been in prison for 50 years, was taken to hospital after being assaulted by another inmate.

File picture of Sirhan Sirhan at a parole hearing (Gregory Bull/AP)
File picture of Sirhan Sirhan at a parole hearing (Gregory Bull/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Sirhan Sirhan, imprisoned for more than 50 years for the 1968 assassination of US senator Robert F. Kennedy, is back inside a California prison after being attacked by another inmate and taken to hospital.

State corrections department spokesman Jeffrey Callison said a wounded inmate was returned to the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility near San Diego on Saturday.

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Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 (PA)

A government source with direct knowledge confirmed Sirhan was the victim.

Officials had confirmed an inmate was taken to a hospital on Friday but did not name Sirhan.

Mr Callison did not identify the wounded inmate.

Mr Kennedy, the brother of assassinated US president John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was gunned down while seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency.

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