Robert F Kennedys assassin stabbed in prison

Sirhan Sirhan assassinated Democratic presidential hopeful Robert F Kennedy in 1958Image copyright
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Sirhan Sirhan (C) assassinated Democratic presidential hopeful Robert F Kennedy in 1958

Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of assassinating Robert F Kennedy, has been stabbed at a California prison, US media reports say.

Authorities said a stabbing happened at a prison near San Diego on Friday afternoon.

In a statement, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said “officers responded quickly” to the attack.

The victim, whose condition is stable, was not named in the statement.

But citing unnamed law enforcement sources, multiple US media reports have identified 75-year-old Sirhan as the victim.

Sirhan is serving a life sentence at the Richard J Donovan Correctional Facility, where the stabbing took place.

The suspected attacker, a fellow inmate, has been placed in isolation, according to TMZ, which first reported the assault.

The motive for the attack, which is under investigation, has not been revealed by officials.

Who is Sirhan Sirhan?

Sirhan was convicted of murdering presidential hopeful Kennedy, who he shot three times at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968.

Kennedy was shot in the kitchen of the hotel, shortly after declaring victory in California’s Democratic presidential primary to cheering crowds.

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Robert F Kennedy lies on the floor of the Ambassador Hotel after being shot by Sirhan Sirhan

The New York senator, brother of former Democratic president John F Kennedy, died in hospital 24 hours later.

He was later buried at Arlington Cemetery, near his brother John, who was assassinated in 1963.

At his trial in 1969, Sirhan was originally sentenced to death. Three years later, however, his sentence was commuted to life in prison when California briefly outlawed capital punishment.

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A Palestinian with Jordanian citizenship, Sirhan has claimed he has no recollection of shooting Kennedy.

In a TV interview, Sirhan said he felt betrayed by Kennedy’s support for Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War.

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