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A Muslim man who killed his Jewish neighbor in Paris while shouting about Allah is probably not criminally responsible for his actions because he had smoked marijuana beforehand, a French judge has ruled.

The preliminary ruling in the trial of Kobili Traore for the 2017 murder of Sarah Halimi came Friday from a judge of inquiry — a magistrate that in the French justice system is tasked with deciding whether indicted defendants should in fact stand trial, JTA reported Monday.

Halimi was murdered in 2017 after she was attacked by her Muslim neighbor while she was sleeping in her apartment. He stabbed her, yelled “Allahu Akbar,” and then threw her from the third story to her death.

Traore confessed to the killing but a subsequent psychiatric evaluation determined that he was not responsible for his actions.

Francis Khalifat, the president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, called the latest ruling “unsurprising but hardly justifiable.” He said his group and others will appeal in hopes of bringing Traore to trial.

He could be hospitalized for treatment of his psychotic lapses or made to attend a drug rehabilitation program, or he could be released.

Khalifat’s op-ed published Monday on the CRIF website follows a series of protests over perceived delays in Traore’s trial and the efforts, including by judges, that CRIF and others have condemned as attempts to prevent a murder trial.

An aggravated element of a hate crime was added to Traore’s indictment following vocal protests by CRIF, which said that the omission of such charges may have part of a “cover up” by French authorities.

Witnesses said Traore called Halimi a “demon” as he was pummeling her. Halimi’s daughter said following the murder that Traore called her, the daughter, a “dirty Jewess” two years before the killing when they passed each other in the building.

Sammy Ghozlan, a former police commissioner and founder of France’s Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, told JTA in May that the handling of the Halimi case has made him “no longer have full confidence that anti-Semitic hate crimes in France are handled properly.”

Anti-Semitic attacks have been on the rise in France. The number of anti-Jewish offences reported to police surged 74 percent last year.

In late May, a French-Jewish taxi driver was mugged and beaten in what he said was an anti-Semitic crime by perpetrators who targeted him because of his Jewish-sounding name.

Last March, 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll was murdered and set on fire in her apartment in Paris. Knoll’s Muslim neighbor, Yacine Mihoub, and an accomplice, confessed to stabbing Knoll to death. Authorities described the murder as an anti-Semitic hate-crime.



  1. Harry

    July 18, 2019 at 2:20 am

    you should take this idot moron out into the street and tell the people of france who she is and leave her to their justice i don’t think it wouod go well for her infcat i think she should be made to pay the price that the shit head she let off should be serving

  2. Love babies not kill them

    July 18, 2019 at 2:36 am

    What a cowardy terrorist loving judge. She should be kicked off the bench for helping the terrorist. Shes also a dumbfuk

  3. Helga Renfro

    July 18, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Seems like they have judges in France that have been radicalized. Great we already have crazy Obama judges here now Jihadist Judges are next. In the NY area they already created their own police neighborhood force that tell people to respect the laws of the Koran. We are crazy to allow this here.

  4. cc

    July 18, 2019 at 6:43 am

    They will take over from within. That’s what they are trying to do now.

  5. Joe

    July 18, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Stupid judge. So if a driver gets high and kills her with A car, their not responsible for killing her. Ok i got it. Throw her off the bench

    • Joe G

      July 19, 2019 at 3:47 pm

      And I thought our judges were bad. Right get high on drugs or alcohol, kill someone and you are not responsible. All about rights now-a-days and no one has any responsibilities for themselves and their actions.

  6. Joe

    July 18, 2019 at 8:08 am

    The psychology dipshit should be shot

  7. James Ruddy

    July 18, 2019 at 8:41 am

    This isn’t a big problem for France since she also want to let them all eat cake too.


    July 18, 2019 at 9:03 am

    They are afraid of the muslims and their and their fear is dictating their actions. No excuse. It’s happening all over the world. The muslims are experts at this game and are playing to win the would.

  9. Gordon

    July 18, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Sacre Bleu ! Political correctness trumps murder in France. Europe is in the toilet. Turn on the bidet and flush !

    • Laurie

      July 18, 2019 at 1:29 pm

      Ha!! Perfectly stated!

  10. Larry

    July 18, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Tolling for a Hajji…It’s coming to you…WAKE UP…

    • LM

      July 19, 2019 at 1:07 am

      Aparentley judges in France do not have dental coverage, and whitening toothpaste must not available in her area. Holy Shit!!!

  11. Art LaPella

    July 18, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    I suppose every terrorist in France has learned that he needs to smoke marijuana before killing people, so he can’t be convicted.

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