The “Gang of Barbarians” tortured and murdered a young Jewish man, Ilan Halimi, in 2006. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2006 that Halimi was found “stumbling in a field near the railroad tracks in the Essonne region south of Paris. Handcuffed, naked, with four-fifths of his body covered with bruises, stab wounds and serious burns, Ilan died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Soon after, police provided more details. The victim had been kidnapped Jan. 20 and held for 24 days by a gang from the banlieues, the poor suburban projects that ring the French capital, who eluded capture while repeatedly contacting Ilan’s family with ransom demands….Ilan’s uncle Rafi Halimi told reporters that the gang phoned the family on several occasions and made them listen to the recitation of verses from the Quran, while Ilan’s tortured screams could be heard in the background.”
At his trial, Fofana smirked at Halimi’s relatives and shouted, “Allahu akbar!”
“Three additional years of imprisonment for Youssouf Fofana,” a translation of “Trois ans de prison supplémentaires pour Youssouf Fofana,” from Le Monde, February 19 (thanks to Bill):
The former leader of the “Gang of Barbarians,” Youssouf Fofana, was sentenced on Wednesday, February 19 to three additional years of prison for twice assaulting prison guards at Condé-sur-Sarthe, near Alençon, after a summary trial under surveillance
“I do not know…I do not know…I do not know more,” is all that the accused, who is scheduled to be released in 2028, said with a small amused smile on his lips to each of the questions from the court, before at the very end of the trial, he also asked for the retirement of the director of the prison.
“Mr. Fofana intends to assert its defense by his silence,” said his lawyer Hubert Guyomard, adding that his client had initially intended to challenge the charges before asking him to remain quiet. The court followed the prosecution’s case.
Sentenced in 2009 to life imprisonment with twenty-two years without the possibility of parole for kidnapping, torturing and killing the young Jew Ilan Halimi in 2006, Youssouf Fofana appeared this time for twice, on December 24 and February 10, assaulting guards with a homemade weapon, in premeditated attacks.
Interviewed by journalists, after the trial, M. Guyomard felt that there was in France “reflection on what a life sentence is now…We have people locked up for very long periods. You cannot be detained and live without hope or it will come to the abuses we have learned about [during the trial]: to acts of violence that are hard to bear for prison staff,” he insisted.
So in other words, release this savage before he hurts anyone else. Yeah, that will work.