One of the civil parties officially demands that the prosecutor and the examining magistrates recognize the anti-Semitic character of the murder of Sarah Halimi.
While Kobili Traoré was indicted on July 10 for intentional homicide on Sarah Halimi, violently beaten with a telephone receiver then defenestrated on April 4 in the Belleville district of Paris, the civil parties are still not satisfied with the heads of indictments. Because at this point justice does not retain the anti-Semitic character of the murder.
Me David-Olivier Kaminski, lawyer for one of the victim's sons, sent two letters, which Le Parisien/Aujourd'hui en France was able to consult, to the public prosecutor and the two investigating judges in charge of the violent murder of Sarah Halimi.
The lawyer is concerned about the lack of psychiatric expertise
“How can you sincerely assume that the aggravating circumstance of anti-Semitism would be so non-existent in the file, without the slightest serious or concordant indication not to take written requisitions in this sense?”, writes Me Kaminski to the public prosecutor . For the lawyer, there is no doubt in this case: “Today, it is a real denial of public action.” He also recalls that “the public prosecutor traditionally represents the interests of society, that it enables public action to be taken on behalf of victims”. He thus calls on the public prosecutor to “do what is necessary and [to] take all the useful requisitions with a view to a supplementary indictment including the aggravating circumstance of anti-Semitism”.
In a second letter, addressed to the investigating judges, David-Olivier Kaminiski wonders: “Why and how, if you were able to question Kobili Traoré and put him on trial, he would have remained in psychiatry and would not have been the subject of a lock-up”? He underlines that the psychiatric expertise of the suspect was not communicated to the civil parties. The council is also surprised that the judges "did not believe they could list in this procedure the numerous clues allowing this crime to be dealt with judicially in all these dimensions and in particular in its anti-Semitic dimension".
“It could have fallen on anyone”
On April 4, around 4 a.m., Kobili Traoré broke into the home of Sarah Halimi, 65, a Jewish neighbor he had known for several years. According to witnesses in the building, the violent attack is perpetrated with cries of "You will pay", "Allah Akbar". After the death of Sarah Halimi, the suspect would have launched "I killed the sheitan" (the demon, in Arabic).
During his presentation to the investigating judges on July 10, Kobili Traoré admitted to having killed his neighbor – “I hit her with the phone. Then with my fists” – but refused the anti-Semitic dimension of his gesture. “I am not anti-Semitic,” he assured. "It could have happened to anyone." He has repeatedly stated since the day before the murder, on April 3, that he "felt possessed", "oppressed by an external force, a demonic force", "flushes of anguish".
Source: © Murder of sarah halimi: the lawyer of a son challenges the prosecutor and the judges – Le Parisien