EJC expresses shock and indignation after Sarah Halimi killer evades criminal trial

(Brussels – 20 December 2019) The European Jewish Congress has expressed shock and indignation at the decision by the Paris Court of Appeal declaring that Kobili Traoré, the murderer of Sarah Halimi was not criminally responsible for his actions.

On April 4th 2017, Traoré assaulted Ms Halimi at her home in Paris while shouting “Allahu Akbar” and reciting Koranic verses. He then threw her off her balcony into her death.

The court followed the controversial opinion of two psychiatric examiners who claimed that Traoré was too intoxicated from smoking cannabis to be held responsible.

“This scandalous decision opens the door to large-scale impunity”, said EJC President Moshe Kantor. “The court has sent a message to criminals that they will be able to walk free from the most heinous crimes by taking illegal substances.”

Francis Kalifat, President of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) declared: “Is an antisemitic crime the only crime that is excused by the judiciary because of massive drug-taking, whereas in all other crimes the judiciary would consider that to be an aggravating circumstance?”

“We stand in solidarity with the family of Sarah Halimi, which has been denied justice by this incomprehensible decision”, Mr. Kantor concluded.

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