As Muslim Who Killed Jewish Woman Won’t Be Tried, Macron Promises to Change Law on Criminal Responsibility
Friday, April 23, 2021
Jihad Watch : The killer of Sarah Halimi will not be tried for murder. He’ll spend a
short time in a mental institution, treated for his cannabis use, that
supposedly led to a “psychotic episode” during which he killed Halimi,
and then be set free.
This decision by the Cour de Cassation, France’s
highest court of appeals, to not bring Kobili Traoré, the Muslim
murderer of Halimi, to trial because he had been under the influence of
marijuana when he beat her nearly to death and then threw her out of the
window of her Paris apartment, has provoked indignation and fury among
French Jews and many non-Jews.
According to Traoré, he had been troubled
by Ms. Halimi’s mezuzah, which “amplified the frantic outburst of
hate,” according to one psychiatric report. But the Court noted in its
ruling that under French law, “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” over the
French President Macron was quick to express his own indignation, and
his intention to have that law relied on changed. His response is
reported on here: “French President Macron Seeks to Reassure Angry,
Disappointed Jewish Community After Top Court Decides Against Trial of
Accused Antisemitic Killer,” by Ben Cohen, Algemeiner, April 19, 2021:
French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a change
in his country’s laws on criminal responsibility, following last week’s
decision by France’s highest appeal court to excuse from trial the
accused antisemitic murderer of a Jewish woman on the ground that his
intake of cannabis supposedly rendered him temporarily insane on the
night of the killing.
Speaking to the newspaper Le Figaro on Sunday, the French
president was asked about last Wednesday’s decision by the Court of
Cassation not to try Kobili Traoré for the brutal murder of Sarah Halimi
in April 2017. The court argued that since Traore had imbibed what it
termed an “acute delirious puff” on a marijuana joint that eliminated
his “discernment” — or self-awareness — he could not “be judged
criminally even when his mental state was caused by the regular
consumption of drugs.” Macron argued that the use of narcotics should not be a reason to remove the criminal liability of an offender.
In American law, a defendant charged with the use of narcotics or
alcohol before committing a crime does not remove or limit criminal
liability; if anything, it is likely to increase the punishment.
What we know about the killing is that it was an antisemitic crime:
Sarah Halimi was Jewish, and her killer knew that. He hated Jews. He
identified her with “Shaytan” (Satan).
She was the only Jewish person in
the entire apartment complex. That was all her killer needed to know
about her. Had she not been Jewish, he would not have murdered her. He
was particularly enraged, remember, by the sight of her mezuzah. He had
grown up, as a devout Muslim, taught to hate Jews. He knew about the
from his holy book, the Qur’an. As Robert Spencer notes, “the Qur’an
depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the
wellbeing of the Muslims. All about Jew Hatred here....................
Traoré was both a drug dealer and a habitual user of cannabis. He
was, in other words, used to it. He led the life of a normal criminal
and welfare crook, battening on all the benefits the French welfare
state lavishes on its migrant population, so many of whom are Muslim.
received free or highly subsidized housing, free medical care, free
education (not that education mattered to Kobili Traoré; he left school
as soon as it was legally possible), and welfare payments.
his revenues by drug dealing. The day he killed Sarah Halimi, he had
smoked marijuana, as he did most days. He was angry after a family
dispute, and went looking for someone to take it out on. Whom to blame
for that dispute and every other aspect of his wretched existence?
Certainly not himself.
Of course: Jews, they were to blame for his
Muslim misery. They were the worst, they were the enemy, they were of
the party of Satan. He knew that Sarah Halimi was the single Jew who
lived in the building. Traoré displayed not “temporary insanity,” but
malice aforethought, as he cunningly managed to gain entry to her
apartment. He first entered the apartment next to hers, frightening its
inhabitants to hide in a bedroom, then climbed through one of that
apartment’s windows onto the balcony, and from the outside entered
another window giving onto Sarah Halimi’s apartment.
He wasn’t mentally
ill, but consumed with an antisemitic hate, a hate that the Qur’an
inculcated. Sarah Halimi was a Jew; she placed that mezuzah beside her
front door – how dare she? – that so infuriated Traoré. She was, like
all Jews, the “greatest in enmity” to the Muslims. While beating her
Traoré could be heard uttering the Muslim supremacist war-cry of “Allahu
akbar” (“Our god is greater than yours”), and he declared after her
defenestration that “I have killed Shaitan (Satan).”
There are many such
murders of non-Muslims — Jews, Christians, Hindus — by Muslims
following what they believe are Muslim teachings; no one thinks of
charging them with “temporary insanity.”
“Deciding to take narcotics and then going ‘like
crazy’ should not in my eyes remove your criminal responsibility,”
Macron stated during the interview. “On this subject, I would like the
Minister of Justice to present a change in the law as soon as possible.”
Macron also sought to reassure France’s Jewish community that
they had his understanding and sympathy. Jewish leaders reacted
furiously to the court’s decision, with Francis Kalifat — president of
Jewish representative body CRIF — tweeting, “now in our country, we can
torture and kill Jews with impunity.”
“It is not for me to comment on a court decision, but I would
like to tell the family, relatives of the victim and all our fellow
citizens of the Jewish faith who were awaiting this trial, my warm
support and the determination of the Republic to protect them,” Macron
said. “In the Republic, we do not judge citizens who are sick and no
longer have discernment, we treat them. But deciding to take drugs and
then becoming ‘like crazy’ should not in my eyes remove your criminal
During a visit to Israel in Jan. 2020, one month after a lower court
deemed that Traoré was unfit for trial, Macron told a group of French
Jews in Jerusalem that when it came to the Halimi case, “the need for a
trial is there.” This remark earned him the rebuke of the Court of Cassation’s top
officials, who reminded Macron that “the independence of the judiciary
is an essential condition for the functioning of democracy.”
In a separate development on Monday, Sarah Halimi’s brother confirmed
that lawyers for the family would try to appeal the case before the
European Court of Human Rights. “I will continue fighting, our family will continue fighting,” William Attal said in an interview with broadcaster I-24.
It was not smoking cannabis – which was a regular part of his
routine, and he was long inured to being high — that led Kobili Traoré,
upset about a family quarrel, to quite deliberately seek out Sarah
Halimi. This wasn’t a sudden crazed outburst. There was calculation;
there was malice aforethought. Once inside, he proceeded to beat her and
then to throw her out the third-floor window.
This was not the act of a
brain-addled “temporarily insane” drug addict. There was calculation in
gaining entry to her apartment, there was malice aforethought in
choosing the victim. It was the act of a Muslim who, in his
long-accustomed marijuana high, and his blood boiling because of a
family quarrel, had decided to take out his fury on the only Jew he
could find, the sole representative in his building of the “Jews” he had
been brought up to hate.
It was not Kobili Traoré’s inhalation that day of the cannabis that
caused him to murder Sarah Halimi, but his inhalation, since childhood,
of the antisemitic passages in the Qur’an.