The Times of Israel reports:
The Paris Appeals Court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that a Muslim man who killed his Jewish neighbour will not face trial because he was too high on marijuana to control his actions.
The court relieved Kobili Traore, 29, of criminal responsibility for his slaying of Sarah Halimi, whom Traore pummelled for about an hour while shouting about Allah and calling her a demon before throwing the 60-year-old physician to her death from the window of her third-story apartment. It did say that the killing was partly because of antisemitism.
But Traore, whom Halimi’s daughter said once called her a “dirty Jew” on the building’s staircase, “does appear to have voluntarily ended the life of Sarah Halimi,” the court also said. It retained the aggravated element of a hate crime in the indictment against Traore, but determined it would not go to trial because Traore was not fully aware of his actions on the night of April 3, when he killed Halimi, according to the court.
He was high, so hey no trial.
The appeals court’s decision “marks the advent of a policy that gives impunity to antisemitic murder in France, EUJF, the French-Jewish student association, wrote Thursday on Twitter.
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) branded the decision “scandalous”, with Dr. Moshe Kantor, President, saying it “opens the door to large-scale impunity”.
“The court has sent a message to criminals that they will be able to walk free from the most heinous crimes by taking illegal substances.”
A truly awful decision. The drug use should be a factor in sentence, not in guilt.