Suspects in death of French Jew face trial - Israel News, Ynetnews
 
ynetnews
web


   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Jewish
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel
Brutal Killing

Ilan Halimi (Archives) Reproduction photo: French police department
Ilan Halimi (Archives) Reproduction photo: French police department
 
Presumed leader. Fofana Photo: AP
Presumed leader. Fofana Photo: AP
 
 

Suspects in death of French Jew face trial

Leader of group that tortured, killed Ilan Halimi in 2006 accused of premeditated murder, demanding ransom and acts of torture and barbarism; 10 young women, 17 young men to be tried; murder prompted fear of resurgent anti-Semitism in France

Associated Press
Published: 04.29.09, 08:46 / Israel News

Twenty-seven young people go on trial Wednesday on charges of participating in the brutal torture and killing in 2006 of Ilan Halimi, a young French Jew, in a case that horrified France.

Racially-Motivated Incidents
Parisian Jews: Anti-Semitism on the rise / Daniel Edelson
On three-year anniversary of murder of 23-year-old French Jew Ilan Halimi, community members say situation only worsened, with racially motivated incidents occurring almost every day. Michael Benhamou, who was attacked last month, plans to immigrate to Israel, says 'there's nothing left for us here'
Full Story

 

Youssouf Fofana, the presumed leader of the group, stands accused of premeditated murder, demanding ransom and acts of torture and barbarism. He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

 

French authorities found 23-year-old Halimi naked, handcuffed and covered with burn marks near railroad tracks in the Essonne region south of Paris on Feb. 13, 2006. He died on the way to the hospital after being held captive for more than three weeks.

 

As some of the accused were minors at the time of the crime, the trial is likely to be held behind closed doors in juvenile court. Ten young women and 17 young men are to be tried.

 

With the exception of Fofana, the accused are charged with a variety of crimes, including entrapment, kidnapping by an organized group, sequestration by an organized group that resulted in death or failing to assist a person in peril.

 

Fofana and his accomplices had tried to kidnap other people, including some of Jewish faith, with the intent to demand ransom before seizing Halim.

 

Halimi's mother, Ruth, said in a French television interview aired this week that she believed the proceedings should be open to the public.

 

The family's lawyers say Halimi was targeted because he was Jewish. Critics say police initially ignored evidence of anti-Semitic motives in the killing, which caught the attention of senior government officials and prompted fear of a resurgent anti-Semitism in France. Halimi's body was reburied in a Jerusalem cemetery in 2007.

 

commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Del.icio.us Bookmark to del.icio.us



 
14 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load

 

RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions

 
פיקוד העורף התרעה במרחב:
    למציאת מרחב ההתגוננות האישי שלכם »
    פיקוד העורף מזכיר: יש לחכות 10 דקות במרחב המוגן לפני שיוצאים החוצה
    רשימת יישובים במרחב