Abducted and murdered - Ilan Halimi
Reproduction photo: French police department
PARIS – The "bait" used to lure French Jew Ilan Halimi to the Paris suburb where he was abducted was a 16-year-old girl of Iranian descent captured by police over the weekend, Israel's leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday.
Police officials characterized her as a "pretty girl…who attempted to seduce several Jewish youngsters before she met Halimi." The girl was detained at a Paris suburb.
On Thursday, police in the Ivory Coast nabbed the main suspect in the brutal murder, Youssouf Fofana, who fled France after serving as the gang leader and presiding over the abduction, torture, and murder of the Jewish man.
Fofana has expressed no regret during his interrogation and threatened investigators he will make sure to have them killed. Meanwhile, most members of the gang involved in the abduction and murder have already incriminated each other. At least 15 of them will be brought to justice.
Police say those detained constituted the "first ring" of gang members responsible for abducting Halimi. Investigators are currently attempting to identify the "second ring", gang members who are residents of the suburb Halimi was brought to and who are suspected of being aware of the affair but not reporting the information to police.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in a march in memory of Halimi in Paris. The marchers will also pass by the cell phone store where Halimi worked and first met the Iranian bait. Leading coalition and opposition members are also set to take part in the march.