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Rallies in French cities to pay tribute to Sarah Halimi and to protest scandalous court ruling

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The 65-year-old Jewish woman was brutally beaten and thrown out of the window of her apartment in Paris in April 2017 by 27-year-old Kobili Traore. The man, who lived in the same public housing project in eastern Paris as Halimi, broke into her apartment and shouted the words, “Allahu akhbar,” and, “Shaitan” (Arabic for “Satan”), as he rained kicks and punches on his victim, before picking up her bruised body and throwing her out of the window.

On December 19, the Paris Court of Appeal declared the murderer of Sarah Halimi would not be put on trial because he was “criminally irresponsible”, a ruling that caused anger in the country.

PARIS—Rallies to pay tribute to Sarah Halimi are organised in Paris and sever other cities of France on Sunday after her murderer was found criminally ‘’irresponsible.’’

On December 19, the Paris Court of Appeal declared the murderer of Sarah Halimi would not be put on trial because he was “criminally irresponsible”, a ruling that caused anger in the country.

The 65-year-old Jewish woman was brutally beaten and thrown out of the window of her apartment in Paris in April 2017 by 27-year-old Kobili Traore. The man, who lived in the same public housing project in eastern Paris as Halimi, broke into her apartment and shouted the words, “Allahu akhbar,” and, “Shaitan” (Arabic for “Satan”), as he rained kicks and punches on his victim, before picking up her bruised body and throwing her out of the window.

Prosecutors based their long-awaited decision on two psychiatric assessments of Traore that claimed his intake of cannabis had resulted in acute delirium, and that therefore he could not be held responsible for murdering Halimi — a crime he admitted to during a preliminary hearing in November.

In recent days, several calls to demonstrate against the court ruling have been launched on social networks. Gatherings are planned in Paris but also Marseille, Montpellier, Saint-Etienne, Bastia and Clermont-Ferrand.

In the French capital, the rally meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Place de la République. The procession will head to the former home of Sarah Halimi, rue de Vaucouleurs, in the 11th district.

“Should we deduce from this decision that every drug addict would have a license to kill the Jews?,” asked  France’s Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia in an open letter to the Justice Minister published in daily Le Figaro, calling the decision a ‘’grave breach of trust in the country’s judicial system.

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