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Police Release Suspect in Rabin Assassination Plot

December 1, 1995

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Police today released a woman they had described as a dominant figure in the plot to kill Yitzhak Rabin and ordered her held under house arrest for a week.

Margalit Harshefi, 20, looking pale but confident, walked out of Jerusalem’s Russian Compound lockup. She dodged cameramen, photographers and reporters who encircled her as she marched arm in arm with a younger brother to her family’s car.

Harshefi was barred from speaking to journalists or to anyone questioned in connection with Rabin’s Nov. 4 assassination.

After her week of house arrest in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, Harshefi will have to report daily to police and will be prohibited from leaving home after dark, said police spokesman Eric Bar-Chen.

Bar-Chen said he assumed charges would eventually be brought against the law student.

``If they thought they had nothing on her, they would have released her unconditionally,″ Bar-Chen said.

When Harshefi was arrested Nov. 15, police described her as a crucial figure in a group that plotted to kill Rabin. A police investigator said at the time that Harshefi would eventually be charged with conspiracy.

Harshefi and Rabin’s confessed assassin, Yigal Amir, were friends, and both studied law at Bar Ilan University.

Moshe Vaknin, a friend of Harshefi’s who met her at the Russian Compound today, said she was innocent.

``She only knew Yigal to say hello at the university, and she helped him organize Sabbath meetings in support of Jewish settlement,″ Vaknin said.

Amir, his brother Hagai, and a friend, Dror Adani, were expected to be formally charged next week.