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Quote:LAWYERS representing the man convicted of killing Robert F. Kennedy say he was framed for the 1968 assassination.

In their latest appeal, they are seeking to overturn Sirhan Sirhan's conviction - claiming a bullet was switched in evidence at his trial.

Experts have said Sirhan was programmed through hypnosis to fire shots as a diversion for the US senator's real killer.

And lawyers William F. Pepper and Laurie Dusek say recordings prove 13 shots were fired on the night Kennedy died.

Sirhan's small pistol could only fire eight bullets. Prosecutors said only eight were fired and three hit Kennedy. Five hit others who all survived.

Sirhan's lawyers claim one bullet taken from Kennedy's neck did not match their client's gun and was switched before it was placed in evidence. They suggest a second gun was involved in the assassination.

Pepper said the new evidence filed in Los Angeles last week is sufficient to prove Sirhan is innocent.

He added: "They put fabricated evidence into court before the judge and jury.

"For the first time in 43 years of this case, we think we have the evidence to set this conviction aside."

Palestinian immigrant Sirhan, now 67, was denied parole after a hearing last March where he denied any memory of shooting Kennedy on June 5, 1968 - moments after he claimed victory in the California presidential primary.

Parole officials say Sirhan does not understand the enormity of the crime that changed American history.

Hypnosis eh? Makes you look towards the Andres Breivik case and put your head in your hands. Sherlock
Quote:Sirhan's defence has previously attempted to claim that he was a victim of sinister mind-control by unidentified agents who programmed him to shoot under hypnosis. It is now renewing that claim, based on studies of Sirhan by Dr Daniel Brown of Harvard University, a specialist in trauma memory and hypnosis, who dismisses the notion that the convicted assassin is, or ever was, schizophrenic as "blatantly wrong."

Sirhan was "an involuntary participant in the crimes being committed because he was subjected to sophisticated hypno programming and memory implantation techniques which rendered him unable to consciously control his thoughts and actions at the time the crimes were being committed," the new court petition states.

Files compiled by the FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department corroborate some of the details of Sirhan's claim that he was manipulated by a third party, Dr Brown adds. For example, Sirhan recalled under questioning by Dr Brown that he was taken to a police firing range and shown by the range master how to shoot at vital organs on human targets.

The parole board should be confronted by the people of California and informed they do not represent either their will on this matter or law. Action should be taken against the state of California if it does not yield to this essence of constitutionality and basic right.