Days after Robert F Kennedy’s assassin Sirhan Sirhan was declared eligible for parole, the former senator’s widow Ethel has objected the California review panel’s recommendation. Two of Kennedy’s children had supported the parole while six of them said that they were “devastated” by the decision. Sirhan was serving a life term for assassinating the Democratic Presidential candidate during his 1968 presidential campaign

“Our family and our country suffered an unspeakable loss due to the inhumanity of one man. We believe in the gentleness that spared his life, but in taming his act of violence, he should not have the opportunity to terrorize again,” Ethel, 93, said, as per Reuters. 

“He should not be paroled.”

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The panel’s ruling on August 30, is subject to a 120-day review by the board’s legal staff, during which the case may be referred to the full board for further evaluation.

RFK’s son Douglas, at the time of the parole announcement, said he was moved to tears by Sirhan’s remorse and he should be released if he’s not a threat to others.”

“I’m overwhelmed just by being able to view Mr. Sirhan face to face. I think I’ve lived my life both in fear of him and his name in one way or another. And I am grateful today to see him as a human being worthy of compassion and love,” he said, AP reported.

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His eldest son of Robert F Kennedy, denounced the possible parole saying, “Two commissioners of the 18-member California Parole Board made a grievous error last Friday in recommending the release of the man who murdered my father,” Kennedy wrote in the emailed statement released Sunday. “I understand that there are differing views about ending the sentence of this killer, including within my own family. But emotions and opinions do not change facts or history.”