French protesters demand trial of Jewish female murderer

Paris (AP) — On Sunday, protesters in Paris and other French cities said the murderer of the Jewish woman Sarah Harimi was not criminally liable and therefore could not be tried. Condemned the ruling.

Thousands have filled the Trocadero Plaza in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower and responded to calls from Jewish groups and groups fighting anti-Semitism for lack of justice. Other protests took place in Marseille, Lyonnais, Strasbourg, Bordeaux and elsewhere.

The announcement that the murderer could not be tried caused anger between France and the international Jewish community.

Harimi, a 65-year-old Jewish woman, died in 2017 after being pushed out of the window of her apartment in Paris by her neighbor Kobilitraole, who shouted “Allahu Akbar” (Arabic for “God is wonderful”). Traoré admitted to pushing her.

The Court of Cassation ruling issued this month stated that there was sufficient evidence to show that the act had anti-Semitic motivation. However, the court said that a person who commits a crime while in a “dangerous state” cannot be sent to court, even if the condition is caused by the habitual use of illegal drugs. Traoré was smoking a lot of cannabis.

“In the unanimous opinion of various psychiatric experts, the man was showing severe delirium at the time of the fact,” the court said.

Under French law, you are not criminally liable for the actions you commit while completely losing your judgment and self-control due to mental illness. Traoré has been in a mental hospital since Harimi’s death.

Robert Ains, secretary-general of CRIF, a French Jewish group, said he had come to Trocadero Plaza to help Harimi’s relatives.

“I think they’re French. They’re angry and don’t understand at all,” he said.

“Here are the people who trust the French government, the French judicial system and face this completely unfair decision. The killer is perceived as a killer and anti-Semitic, but he Is not tried. It’s just unacceptable and it’s very difficult for these people to even grieve, “he said.

Ilaï Laymond, a 19-year-old law student protesting in Paris, said, “Not only as a Jew, but also as a French citizen, this ruling has a big impact on me because it is unexplainable.” It was.

“This decision … we feel abandoned,” he said.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron called for a change in French law.

“Determining to take drugs and then’crazy’should remove your criminal liability, not my view,” Macron told the Le Figaro newspaper. He also expressed support for the victims’ families.

Justice Minister Eric Dupond Moretti tweeted on Sunday that he would submit a bill in May to fill the legal void in French law on the consequences of voluntary use of drugs.


AP journalist Alexandre Turnbull contributed to this story.