“I don’t want my face in the newspapers, on television or on the Internet,” she says. “I’m afraid there are more barbarians out there and that they’ll find me.” Ilan Halimi's mother
Two key suspects in the barbaric slaying of a young Jewish man in France have turned themselves in to police, judicial officials said Tuesday.
The men, whose names were not released, were fingered by other members of a gang accused in the kidnapping, torture and killing of Ilan Halimi earlier this year. Halimi's murder revived concerns about anti-Semitism in France.
One suspect turned himself in Monday to police in Bobigny, northeast of Paris, officials said. A second turned himself in directly to the criminal brigade in Paris
All were described as being close to the main suspect, Youssouf Fofana. Other gang members have told investigators that Fofana was responsible, authorities said.
Authorities found 23-year-old Halimi naked, handcuffed and covered with burn marks near railroad tracks in the Essonne region south of Paris on February 13. He died on the way to the hospital after being held captive for more than three weeks.
Critics accused police of initially ignoring anti-Semitic motives in the crime, which caught the attention of senior government officials and prompted fear of renewed anti-Semitism in France.
But it is clear that plenty of people did know, both that Mr. Halimi was being tortured and that he was Jewish. The police, according to lawyers with access to the investigation files, think at least 20 people participated in his abduction and the subsequent, amateurish negotiations for ransom NYT 3/06
French police have arrested 18 people in the investigation, including Fofana. Story here.
18? That's painful, that's a kick in the teeth.
More on Halimi Murder here
..In the days since the dying Halimi was discovered, some journalists have been making ugly discoveries. The gang of thugs (they called themselves "the Barbarians") had sequestered the young man in an apartment that had been rented by the doorman of the building. The doorman knew what had been happening but did nothing. Many other residents in the building had heard a man screaming, but had decided to mind their own business instead of calling for help, even anonymously. "When you live here, you think about yourself and only about yourself," one of them said.
The screams must have been loud because the torture was especially atrocious: the thugs cut bits off the flesh of the young man, they cut his fingers and ears, they burned him with acid, and in the end poured flammable liquid on him and set him on fire.
Watching France slip slide into oblivion, into it's already forgotten past, is like watching a really bad movie. You can't take your eyes off it but you wish it would just end already.
CALLING ON FRENCH JEWS - GET OUT OF THERE NOW.
UPDATE: French Jews vow to stay in France an fight like their Israeli brethren.In a word, wow.
CJN: How do you see the future of the Jews and Judaism in France? Are you optimistic or pessimistic?
Cukierman: I am concerned, but we have decided to fight. We have to follow the example of the Israelis. When there are problems, we must face them and not run away from them. I am counting on our ability to face them. The communiqué we recently sent out – which I mentioned before – is a warning message addressed to all of French society. Anti-Semitism in France is not just a Jewish problem. It is a problem for all of French society. Today, French society is clearly in danger. If it allows sharia law to spread and organized gangs of hoodlums take control of certain neighbourhoods or suburbs, it is the essence of the democratic spirit that will be destroyed.