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'Proud of what I did': Brother of Israeli PM's assassin freed after 16 years

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Hagai Amir, the brother and key accomplice of the man who assassinated Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, flashes the victory sign as he leaves Ayalon prison in Ramla near Tel Aviv on May 4, 2012. Amir was freed from prison after serving 16 years in prison for complicity in the murder of Rabin, and another six months for death threats he made against former prime minster Ariel Sharon.

Reuters reports — Hagai Amir, the brother of the man who assassinated late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, said he was proud of his own role in the murder plot after he was freed from prison on Friday.

Amir was released after serving 16 years in prison. Yigal Amir, his brother, killed Rabin at a peace rally in Tel Aviv in 1995 and is serving a life sentence. He said he shot the politician to stop him from handing parts of what he believed were the biblical land of Israel to the Palestinians in peace negotiations.

"I am not regretful. I am proud of what I did," Amir, an Israeli Jew, told reporters as family members whisked him into a car and drove away. Read the full story.

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Dozens of left-wing demonstrates gathered at the prison in central Israel to protest the release. "We will not forget, we will not forgive," they chanted.

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Shlomo and Geula, the parents of Hagai and Yigal Amir, wait for their son to be released from prison on May 4, 2012.

Nov. 12, 2005: A memorial was held in Israel marking the 10 years since the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. NBC's Preston Mendenhall reports.