In Infuriating Ruling, Court Decides Drug User Cannot Be Held Criminally Responsible for Throwing Elderly Woman To Her Death

France has the worst laws

French guys have a bad cultural idea about pretty much everything, and the story of Kobili Traoré is a perfect example.

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The New York Times reported that Kobili Traoré has admitted to murdering Sarah Halimi in 2017. According to The Times, the man killed the Orthodox Jewish woman in an “anti-Semitic frenzy.” He committed a crime and a 65-year-old lady lost her life.

The worst part? Traoré yelled “Allahu akbar” or God is great. He also screamed, “I killed the devil” after throwing the woman out of her apartment window in Paris. She ended up on the pavement and died. At least one psychiatric report says that the mezuzah on the woman’s doorpost actually “amplified the frantic outburst of hate.” Really?

After four long years spent in French courts, Traoré won’t be tried for killing the woman. They were neighbors, you know. So, why won’t this man go to jail? Experts claim the man was too high on pot at the time of the crime and he won’t be held responsible for Halimi’s death.

The Court of Cassation ruled on April 14 that the man was in a “delirious fit” at the time of the death and wasn’t held responsible for the tragedy.

Business Insider says Traoré had been smoking up to 15 joints per day since he was 13. He is a drug addict and dealer. So, the terrible man was able to repress his urge until 27. His inner demons were stronger than him and he killed an innocent woman.

The court said that “a person is not criminally responsible if suffering, at the time of the event, from psychic or neuropsychic disturbance that has eliminated all discernment or control.”

This particular law, the French court found, doesn’t apply differently to people who have lost discernment through drugs.

“The judge cannot distinguish where the legislator has chosen not to make a distinction,” the court ruled, according to The Times.

“It is possible to consider that the current law is unsatisfactory,” said Sandrine Zientara, a prosecutor in the case. “Its application has led here to complete impunity.”

According to her, the decision in the case is the source of “a great deal of incomprehension.”

Emmanuel Piwnica, a lawyer for the family, says the law handles naturally occurring psychiatric disturbances, and it doesn’t apply to the use of drugs and alcohol.

He says judges should realize “the use of narcotics cannot be the basis for arguing penal irresponsibility.”

French President Emmanuel Macron talked about the situation last year in January. According to him, the case has to be tried.

“Even if, in the end, the judge decided that there was no criminal responsibility, there is a need for a trial,” Macron said at the time, according to Business Insider.

Some judges criticized the President for interfering with their independent actions.

Lower courts had rejected trials back then. The Halimi family appealed the ruling. France’s Jewish leaders support the family and say this case was emblematic of the anti-Semitism in the country.

In 2021, an Islamist gunman entered a Jewish school in Toulouse and killed four people. In 2014, jihadist AMedy Coulibaly took the life of four Jewish people, saying they were among the people he hated most. “The Jews and the French.”

The Times reported that those in the French Jewish community didn’t like the fact that these crimes weren’t considered “anti-Semitic” by the mainstream media. Some of them were dismissed as lone-wolf violence.

“From now on in our country, we can torture and kill Jews with complete impunity,” said Francis Kalifat, president of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France.

“It’s a bad message for French Jewish citizens,” said Muriel Ouaknine Melki, the lawyer for Halimi’s brother.

Shimon Samuels, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director for internal relations, said this ruling is a “devastating blow.” He said it “potentially creates a precedent for all hate criminals to simply claim insanity or decide to smoke, snort or inject drugs or even get drunk before committing their crimes.”

France decided not to try an admitted killer because of his drug addiction. The whole situation also has an anti-Semitic nature.

Traoré is in psychiatric care since killing the woman. He will probably be released.

This is one of the worst cases we’ve heard of these days. The Halimi family is fighting for justice and someone should hear what they have to say.

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Source: The Western Journal

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