Jewish murder trial begins in Paris

Trial over Jewish man's murder that sparked fears of anti-Semitism in France begins.

    Youssouf Fofana is accused of pre-meditated murder, torture and acts of barbarism [AFP]

    Street protests

    His murder stirred debate on anti-Semitisim in France after police initially refused to consider the case as a hate-crime.

    Hamili's family's lawyers insist he was targeted because he was Jewish.

    Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, Fofana's lawyer, told the court her client was not "the devil" but had been the victims of a "political and religious marketing campaign".

    Halimi went missing in January 2006 while on a date he had met at his workplace - a Paris mobile phone shop.

    The girl lured Halimi to the basement of a building, where he was attacked and subdued.

    His murder came month after France's high-immigrant suburbs exploded into rioting in late 2005.

    Tens of thousands of people took to the street to protest anti-Semitism some two weeks after his body was found.

    The trial is being heard by a juvenile court because two of the defendants were minors at the time of the crime.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.