Sarah Halimi case: victim’s sister will file a complaint in Israel to try to obtain a trial


Israel’s criminal law can apply to anti-Semitic crimes committed abroad and reported by an Israeli citizen, which is the case here. France does not, however, extradite its nationals.

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The sister of Sarah Halimi, a Jewish sexagenarian killed in 2017 in Paris, intends to file a complaint in Israel to try to obtain a trial against her killer, considered criminally irresponsible by the French justice, announced Wednesday April 21 his lawyers.

My Francis Szpiner and Gilles-William Goldnadel say they want “bring to Israeli justice a complaint against Kobili Traore on behalf of Esther Lekover, sister of the victim”, the criminal law of Israel being able to apply to anti-Semitic crimes committed abroad and denounced by an Israeli citizen, which is the case of their client. France does not, however, extradite its nationals.

This announcement responds to the judgment of the Court of Cassation of April 14 which confirmed the anti-Semitic nature of the crime but confirmed the impossibility of bringing the murderer to justice, given the abolition of his discernment during the facts. This decision aroused great emotion in the Jewish community and beyond, accompanied by a lively debate on the criminal liability of people with psychiatric disorders on the background of drug use.

“My Goldnadel and Szpiner deplore being forced to expedite this procedure but they cannot accept a denial of justice which offends reason and fairness well beyond the Jewish community of France”, concluded the two lawyers in a press release.



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