An online page bringing together 34 people called for “defending” Kobili Traoré, “a French citizen persecuted by a group that wants to lynch this young man”. The National Office for Vigilance Against Antisemitism denounced a “foul account”.
The National Office for Vigilance Against Antisemitism (BNVCA) declared on May 3 that it wanted to file a complaint after the appearance on Facebook of a page in support of Kobili Traoré, author in 2017 of the murder of Sarah Halimi and declared criminally in mid-April irresponsible by the Court of Cassation because of the abolition of its discernment in the facts, resulting from its consumption of narcotics.
The Facebook page pointed to by the BNVCA, which had 34 members, was created last week and has since been deleted. One could read in description the will of its creator or its creators to “defend this French citizen persecuted by a group which wishes to lynch this young man”.
The BNVCA mentioned in a press release a “filthy account which considers a Jewish victim tortured, shattered, defenestrated as nothing, since his murderer is said to be” innocent “. The organization explains that it has instructed “his counsel, Me Serfati, to file a complaint against the one who initiated this group as well as against the various commentators who approved and supported his approach”.
A change in legislation requested by Macron
The decision of the court of cassation sparked an outcry, symbolized by demonstrations in several French cities on April 25, bringing together more than 25,000 people, to challenge the lack of trial.
President Emmanuel Macron has called for a change in French law so that the abolition of discernment caused by taking drugs does not exempt from criminal liability. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin wrote to his French counterpart on April 28 to express his support for his plan to reform the law.