Killer migrant Muslim avoids murder charge because he was high on dope

One of France’s top courts has upheld a ruling that Islamist killer Kobili Traoré cannot be held criminally responsible for the slaying of Jewish neighbour Dr Sarah Halimi – because he was high on dope when the attack took place.

The brutal killing occurred in April 2017 when Traoré entered the apartment of a neighbouring family in a rage. The family locked themselves in a bedroom and contacted the authorities while the angry intruder recited Quran verses.


He then climbed into Halimi’s apartment through a balcony, beat her, and threw her out of the window of her third-floor home. He is reported to have said “Allahu Akbar” and “I killed the Shaitan” – the name of a demon in Muslim thought.

But French courts have ruled that the killer cannot be held criminally responsible and tried for the crime because he was high on dope when it happened, a ruling that has now been upheld by one of France’s courts of last resort.

The killer Traoré is a migrant from Mali who dealt and abused drugs, and now finds himself committed in a psychiatric hospital after claiming to be insane.


The verdict from the Court of Cassation, issued on Wednesday, confirmed that he could not be put on trial because the incident happened while the migrant was suffering a “delirious fit”. He claimed, before a lower court, that he would smoke up to fifteen spliffs in a single day.

Even liberal French President Emmanuel Macron was disturbed by the decision of the lower court, saying last January that there was “a need for a trial”.

The murder of the Jewish schoolteacher has sparked national discussion in France about the rising threat of anti-Semitism. The killer denied an anti-Semitic motivation but reportedly said in court that the presence of Jewish religious objects in Halimi’s home had driven him further into insanity.

Shimon Samuels, who serves as Director for International Relations at the world’s leading anti-Semitism busting organisation the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said the ruling was “a devastating blow”, could “frighteningly encourage followers to action”, and “denies closure for the family and 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.”

The shocking ruling follows a case, reported on this site, which saw two migrants receive just four and five years behind bars for the brutal stabbing of a French teen over a cigarette.