A top French court has upheld a decision not to charge an “Allahu Akbar” yelling Muslim man for murdering a a Jewish neighbor, claiming he was not criminally responsible because he was in a drug-related “delirious episode” at the time.
BreitbartFrance’s Court of Cassation ruled that Kobili Traoré would not be charged in the death of an Orthodox Jewish woman named Sarah Halimi. Halimi died in 2017 after Traoré, who was her neighbour, allegedly beat and pushed her out of the window of her Paris apartment while praying and shouting.
The Court of Cassation hearings began last month and looked into whether or not to overrule a prior appeal court ruling from December of 2019, which maintained that Traoré’s excessive marijuana use had triggered a “delirious episode”, leaving him not criminally responsible for the alleged acts.
Another court in 2018 had refused to hold Traoré criminally liable, claiming that he had been in a state of delirium at the time and had been a heavy user of marijuana, France24 reports.
“We do not understand the determination and procrastination that consistently seeks to turn this killer into a demented person, when he is a murderer whose presumed detention doesn’t even hide his hateful anti-Semitism,” Francis Kalifat of the Jewish group CRIF said at the time.
Kalifat reacted to the new ruling, saying on Twitter, “Now in our country, we can torture and kill Jews with impunity,” while tagging France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti.
Sarah Halimi’s brother, William Attal, spoke in detail about what Halimi had suffered. The details of the autopsy report were excruciating:
“All the bones in her face had been broken, mandible, maxilla, frontal bone, nasal bones, and zygoma, some by a hard object, maybe a hammer, and her body had been punctured 22 times. He denounced the inaction of the police, the cowardice of the justices and the silence of the media. He reported facts which, until then, had not been revealed: one of the police officers who had gone to the crime scene had not come back downstairs with his colleagues. Even though he was armed, he had stayed behind the door. He had not moved. He had just listened to the murderer shouting “Allahu Akbar” and the victim screaming in pain.”
In an article published by Haaretz, Shirli Sitbon wrote:
“In France, perpetrators of anti-Semitic attacks claim insanity to elude justice. The mental illness defense has become more prevalent when it comes to hate crimes in France. And it seems to be working.”
She went on to say, citing precedents, that a sinister series of events had begun with the murder of Sebastien Sellam in 2003. Although the murderer, Adel Amastaibou, had told the police “If he’s dead, I’m so happy, that f ***ing Jew, that dirty Jew,” Sellam was declared not responsible due to “mental problems.”
President Macron had criticised a court move to refuse to hold Traoré to account last year, saying that there was a need for a trial. His remarks sparked criticism from those who spoke of separation between the powers of the executive and the judiciary.
The case is just one of several murders of Jews in France in recent years, such as the murder of 85-year-old Mireille Kanol, a Holocaust survivor who was stabbed 11 times to death by her Muslim neighbour in 2018.
A report released in 2019 revealed that France had seen a 73 per cent rise in antisemitic incidents in the year Mireille Kanol was killed.