French Kidnap, Torture Gang Goes on Trial

Group allegedly targeted Jews, killed 23-year-old in 2006
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2009 8:04 AM CDT
In this Feb. 23, 2006, file photo, Ruth Halimi holds a photo of her son Ilan. The 23-year-old was murdered by a French gang in 2006 after being held and tortured for over 3 weeks.   (AP Photo/Benoit Tessier, File)
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(Newser) – A French gang accused of kidnapping, torturing, and murdering a Jewish man has gone on trial in Paris, reports the BBC. Presumed ringleader Youssouf Fofana—who allegedly ordered his accomplices to target Jews—faces charges of premeditated murder and committing "acts of torture and barbarism" over the death of the 23-year-old, who was held for more than three weeks.

The other 10 women and 16 men accused face lesser charges including entrapment and kidnapping. Prosecutors allege the gang used an attractive young female member to lure the victim to an apartment where he was attacked and drugged. The trial is being held behind closed doors as many gang members were juveniles at the time of the killing.
(Read more Youssouf Fofana stories.)