Top jurist: AG may probe Yigal Amir’s secret wedding

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz may be asked to consider a criminal investigation of those involved in the private wedding ceremony of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin, Yigal Amir, and Larissa Trimbobler, a leading jurist believes.

According to Prof. Michael Corinaldi, an internationally renowned expert in the area of the personal status of various Jewish sects and religious movements, those who may be the subject of an investigation are the go-between who conducted the in-absentia ceremony and the witnesses who signed the marriage certificate.

Corinaldi was speaking ahead of a hearing today in the High Court, which will discuss Amir’s petition against the Israel Prisons Service decision to deny him conjugal visits with Trimbobler.

Amir’s family claims a go-between conducted the private ceremony, which, if true, makes the union binding according to Jewish law. It would, however, constitute an infringement of a 1950 law relating to the Chief Rabbinate, known as the Jerusalem Boycott, which prohibits private marriage ceremonies, as opposed to ceremonies conducted by a rabbi approved by the rabbinate.

Amir and Trimbobler reportedly contacted the Chief Rabbinate earlier this week, asking for their marriage to be officially recognized.


“The rabbinical courts have the same powers as the Supreme Court to decide not to cooperate with attempts to circumvent their powers,” says Corinaldi. “In fact, the court will probably rule that Trimbobler is not allowed to marry another man – thereby achieving the outcome the plaintiffs wanted.”

The state is expected to argue in court today that by holding a private marriage ceremony, Amir and Trimbobler committed a crime by deliberately exploiting a legal loophole. In addition, the state will argue that the couple deliberately bypassed the High Court, which is also due to indirectly discuss their union when it debates his request for conjugal visits. “In my opinion, the High Court justices will rule that Amir’s appearance before them is not in good faith,” said Corinaldi. “And since Amir created a fait accompli by not waiting for the court to make its decision, and wed Trimbobler in a private ceremony, the court will not come to his aid.”

According to an official from the State Prosecutor’s Office, the subject of today’s hearing is conjugal visits, although it is possible that the question of the private marriage ceremony will also be raised. The State Prosecutor’s Office has not been given any formal information on the wedding, and is basing its preparations on media reports.


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This post was last updated: Dec. 8, 2017