Sarah Halimi case: "gatherings of anger" scheduled for this Sunday in France

A demonstration against anti-Semitism in Paris, February 19, 2019.

DEMONSTRATIONS – Several “gatherings of anger” are planned this Sunday, April 25 in Paris and in other cities of France at the call of citizens’ collectives and representatives of the Jewish community. They dispute the lack of trial after the murder of Sarah Halimi.

Under the slogan “Without justice, there is no Republic”, the main gathering will take place from 2:00 pm at Place du Trocadéro in Paris, at the initiative of a collective, “Agissons pour Sarah Halimi”.

This mobilization responds to the confirmation, on April 14, by the Court of Cassation, of the criminal irresponsibility of the murderer of the Jewish sexagenarian killed in 2017 in Paris, hospitalized in psychiatry since this crime.

The highest court of the judiciary confirmed the anti-Semitic nature of the crime, but confirmed the impossibility of trying the murderer, given the abolition of his discernment during the facts.

According to the seven psychiatric experts who examined him, Kobili Traoré, a heavy cannabis user, was in the throes of a “delirious puff” when he killed his 65-year-old neighbor, Lucie Attal, also known as Sarah Halimi.

A “national emotion”

The Paris Court of Appeal had concluded that there was a mental disorder that had abolished its judgment or the control of its acts at the time of the facts, which the Court of Cassation deemed to be in accordance with the law.

The impossibility of a trial has aroused great misunderstanding within a part of the French Jewish community, targeted by several deadly attacks in recent years.

It also sparked a heated debate on the criminal liability of people with psychiatric disorders on the background of drug use, and President Emmanuel Macron called for “a change in the law”.

“It is a national emotion, the principle laid down by this judgment is incomprehensible (…) we expect a very strong mobilization, in the name of justice, law, intelligence, the fight against anti-Semitism” , said before the demonstration the chief rabbi of France Haïm Korsia to theAFP.

Other gatherings are planned for Sunday in Bordeaux, Marseille, Lyon, Strasbourg and Nice. Abroad, calls to demonstrate in front of French embassies and consulates were also relayed on social networks.

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