Frenchman who killed an Israeli woman, recognized as insane due to the use of hemp
On December 19, the Paris Court of Appeal issued a verdict in the case of the murder of an Israeli woman, Sarah Halimi, which occurred in 2017. The accused Kobili Traore was declared insane due to the use of hemp and sent for treatment.
The crime occurred on the basis of anti-Semitism
On April 4, 2017, Traore went into a neighboring apartment after a quarrel with his relatives. Residents managed to hide in the bedroom and called the police. According to them, the man began to read suras from the Koran, then climbed over the balcony to the neighboring apartments in which Halimi was. Kobili started beating the woman, shouting “shut your mouth” and “I killed Shaitan.” After that, the attacker threw Sarah out of the window of the third floor, returned to the first apartment and began to pray.
The police arrived at the scene very late and refused to enter the room in which the suspect was hiding. Law enforcement officers called the special forces and began to wait for the arrival of operatives. Traore was captured in the apartment of the neighbors and showed no resistance. Relatives of the Israeli woman accused the police of negligence and said that the murder occurred on anti-Semitic grounds. The French authorities recognized the religious implication of the crime, and the court reclassified the offense from murder to “anti-Semitic attack.”
The killer was under the influence of cannabis and was not responsible for his actions
Traore, a 27-year-old native of Mali, was a drug dealer and illicit drug user. Three experts who were present at the trial in Paris reported that the defendant smoked 15 cigarettes with marijuana every day and at the time of the crime he was hallucinating, so he could not control his actions. The fourth expert, Dr. Daniel Zaguri, did not agree with the opinion of his colleagues and stated that the use of cannabis is not a basis for the removal of criminal liability.
Kobili pleaded guilty to the murder, but denied the anti-Semitic dimension, claiming that he “possessed demonic power.” According to Traore, he was obsessed with demons due to smoking marijuana. The court took into account the position of psychiatrists and sent the attacker for treatment to a rehabilitation center for drug addicts, and also forbade him to contact the relatives of the deceased.
Member of the French Parliament, Mayer Habib, criticized the court’s decision: “In fact, the court announced that smoking marijuana relieves responsibility for the murder. An offense while intoxicated is considered an aggravating circumstance, and the use of too high doses of drugs mitigates or even cancels the guilt of the crime.” Habib called on all French to complain about the unfair sentence in order to honor Sarah Halimi.