Protesters in Paris and other French cities denounced the ruling of the French top court that the Jewish woman killer Sarah Halimi was not held criminally and therefore could not be brought. judge.
Thousands filled the Trocadero Plaza in Paris, in front of the Eiffel Tower, on Sunday in response to calls from anti-Semitic Jewish associations and groups, who said justice was not perform. Other protests took place in Marseille, Lyon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux and elsewhere.
The announcement that the killer will not be brought to trial has sparked outrage among French and international Jews.
Halimi, a 65-year-old Jewish woman, died in 2017 after being pushed out of a Paris apartment window by her neighbor, Kobili Traoré, who was said to have yelled “Allahu Akbar” (” Great God ”in Arabic). Traoré admits pushing her.
The ruling from the Court of Cassation, released this month, said there was enough evidence that the action was anti-Semitic.
But the court said an offender in “delirium” cannot be brought to trial – even if the status is due to habitual illegal drug use. Traoré used to smoke marijuana in large quantities.
“According to the consensus of various psychiatrists, the man presented at the time of the incident in a state of severe delirium,” the court said.
Massive protests in Paris in tribute to Sarah Halimi & to protest the supreme court’s decision that her killer should not be held criminally responsible for her crimes. #JusticeForSarah
– European Jewish Congress (@eurojewcong) April 25, 2021
Under French law, people cannot be held criminally responsible for actions caused while losing their ability to judge or self-control completely due to a mental disorder. Traoré has been in a mental hospital since Halimi’s death.
Robert Ejnes, executive director of CRIF, a French Jewish patronage group, said he went to Trocadero Plaza to support Halimi’s relatives.
“I think they’re just like the French – they’re angry and don’t understand at all,” he said.
“These are the people who trust the French government, the French judicial system, and the people who are facing this completely unfair decision. The killer is recognized as a murderer, recognized as anti-Semitic but he will not be tried. It’s simply unacceptable and it’s hard for these people to grieve, ”he said.
Macron’s Republican Movement leader Christophe Castaner also attended the meeting on Sunday, along with former first lady Carla Bruni, wife of Nicolas Sarkozy, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, the giver know the city will soon name a street in Halimi’s Memory.
“That would also be a way of exercising her justice,” said Hidalgo.
“The noise has increased and hope has returned. Hope it’s all of you here, ”William Attal, Halimi’s brother, told the crowd gathered at the Trocadero promenade.
In Israel, hundreds of people gathered outside the French embassy in Tel Aviv, waving French and Israeli flags and banners with slogans like “Shame of France”.
Israeli lawmakers from all over the political sphere attended, with Minister Diaspora Omer Yankelevitch calling the court’s decision “ridiculous, scandalous and dangerous”.
“From Tel Aviv to Paris, the Jews, in Israel and around the world, have always united with the Halimi family and the Jewish community of France,” she said.
Jewish groups say the court ruling has made Jews less secure in France, while lawyers representing the Halimi family have said they will take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.
Jews in France have been targeted multiple times in recent years, most notably in 2012, when a gunman shot and killed three children and a teacher at a Jewish school in the city of Toulouse. , the south of this country.
In 2015, a man determined to be sympathetic to ISIL (ISIS) shot down four people at a Jewish supermarket in Paris.
Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron has called for changes to the French law.
Macron told Le Figaro: “The decision to take drugs and then ‘go mad’, in my opinion, should not dismiss your criminal liability.
He also expressed his support for the victim’s family.
Attorney General Eric Dupond-Moretti tweeted on Sunday that he would present a bill in May to fill a legal void in French law regarding the consequences of voluntary drug use.