No punishment is enough punishment

Atlas Shrugs reports on the verdict in the Ilan Halimi murder trial. Go there for pictures and links.

Tonight, Friday evening (shabbat) the verdict was read, a repeat of July 2009, when the verdict was also read “in a show of disrespect for the family of Ilan Halimi, victim of the most atrocious anti-Semitic crime committed in France since World War II,’ on a Friday night—the Sabbath.

The 2009 verdict was such a gross miscarriage of justice, Justice Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie instructed the prosecutor to appeal the verdict in the Gang of Barbarians case. A new trial was scheduled.

Ilan Halimi was targeted, tortured for weeks and murdered because he was Jewish. The murder of Ilan Halimi can only be described as an unspeakable horror, and yet typical of the rising Islamic Jew-hatred and violence against the Jews. A group calling itself the Muslim Barbarians targeted Jewish men for torture and murder. Their first attempts to kidnap a Jew were unsuccessful, despite the lure of a beautiful girl. Ilan Halimi was not so lucky. He did not escape the Islamic homemade concentration camp the Muslim Barbarians had set up.

The banality of evil lived in that apartment building. Apartment dwellers, all Muslims, heard Ilan’s screams and cries of torture over a period of three weeks, and yet did not call the cops. The screams must have been loud because the torture was especially atrocious: the thugs cut bits of flesh off the young man. They cut his fingers and ears. They burned him with acid. They poured flammable liquid on him and set him on fire. Not only did those in the building not go to the police — they did nothing at all. Worse, many took part in the tortures.

After weeks of systematic and unspeakable cruelty:

    On February 11, four days after the abductors stopped communicating with the family, Halimi was found, still alive, not far from a railway line at Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois, about 15 kilometers south of Bagneux. He was naked, handcuffed, and bleeding profusely. He was incapable of speaking. His entire body — or “80% of it,” according to police — had been butchered. He died of his wounds on the way to the hospital, just a few minutes after he was discovered. New York Sun here.

Tonight, Nidra Poller is in Paris covering the verdict for Atlas readers.

    Verdict in the Gang of Barbarians appellate court trial Paris December 17, 2010

    Nidra Poller

    The verdict in the appeals trial of 17 members of the Gang of Barbarians, guilty in diverse degrees of luring, kidnapping, and torturing Ilan Halimi, was announced this Friday evening. Ilan Halimi’s mother, sisters, and brother-in-law, who are observant Jews, could not be in court to hear the verdict handed down two hours after the beginning of shabat.. The verdict in the lower court trial had been rendered at 10 PM on Friday July 13, 2009.

    Jail terms were increased for seven of the seventeen defendants; the other ten were unchanged. The defense lawyers were exasperated. “All of this for nothing!” If it were nothing more than a few years added to the prison terms of seven defendants, one might be tempted to agree that it was not worth two and a half months of hearings at great expense of time, effort, and public funds. The plaintiffs’ lawyers, on the contrary, were deeply satisfied. Why? This time, they say, the presiding judge organized the hearings in such a way that the full weight of the ordeal in all its horror was rendered. The mastermind Youssouf Fofana, who called himself the “Brain of the Barbarians,” was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Ilan Halimi, with aggravating circumstances of anti-Semitism. After the public prosecutor appealed the lower court verdict for the seventeen defendants, Fofana interjected an appeal on his own behalf. And then withdrew it. He was expected to appear in court, however, as a witness. But he created so many disturbances in the first days of hearings that the judge refrained from summoning him thereafter. In the absence of Fofana, whose unrepentant vice had dominated the first trial, the vices of the other defendants were, according to lawyers for the plaintiffs, brought to light.

    If, as the defense lawyers would have us believe, the aim of the retrial was to radically increase the severity of the punishment, the whole operation could be seen as futile. The trial, once more, was held behind closed doors—without any media presence– on the grounds that two of the defendants were under eighteen when the crime was committed. Elsa Vigoureux, who writes a blog for Le Nouvel Observateur weekly, covered the lower court trial in great detail… from one side. Her blog was based almost exclusively on information slipped to her from defense lawyers. She told me, in a private conversation, that she also had the file of the investigation (which is supposed to be made available to a very limited number of people involved in the case).

    This time, lawyers for the plaintiffs decided to inform certain journalists, primarily from a Jewish radio station, Radio J. And Ms. Vigoureux showed far less interest in the case. Could we say that the lower court trial was a smokescreen and the appeals trial a sincere attempt to render justice based on a thorough examination of the facts and the personalities involved, revealing the extent of their cruelty and the twisted nature of their minds? The picture that emerges this time is consistent with the horrors endured by Ilan Halimi, held prisoner for 24 days in a makeshift death camp. His jailors and tormentors could not hide, this time, behind a sociological screen… wayward youths manipulated by a monster. The monstrosity of each and every one came to light.

    Behind closed doors. The next step is to make those truths public, with the help of those who defended the victims of the Gang of Barbarians.

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  1. Boil them all in Oil. Eat them (with or without mustard). Declare them kosher under a special rabbinical edict.

  2. In the creation, G-d declared that all life was to bring forth after its own kind. This is the offspring of the pedophile mohammed, swine that if left alone devour their own young, dogs that lick up their own vomit. This is what they decry as the “peaceful religion”. They will rot in the lowest hell.

  3. And in the quran it is told that Jews are descended from pigs and monkeys. What must these animals be descended from? These monsters will never get what they truly deserve. That entire building should be burnt to the ground with all the inhabitants in it.

  4. Is anything really surprised? The French made a show of caring & failed miserably. I say again – is ANYONE REALLY SURPRISED?

  5. The building in which the crime was perpetrated should be burned down with all the men, women and children while they are asleep. The message should be loud and clear. If you harm a Jew you will pay with Mafia style vengeance. Am yisroel Chai

  6. They should burn down that building with all the residents while they sleep in their beds, men, women and children. The message must be loud and clear. If you malicously harm a Jew you will pay Mafia style