EXCLUSIVE. The young Muslim suspected of defecating his Jewish neighbor, in April in Paris, was heard for the first time by the judge on Monday. L'Express had access to his statements. Before the investigating judge, the alleged murderer of Sarah Halimi, killed in Paris in April, admitted that he knew the Jewishness of his victim but denies any anti-Semitic act.
After a long silence, unbearable for the relatives of the victim, Kobili T. delivered his first version of the facts. The alleged murderer of Sarah Halimi, a Jewish pensioner beaten and defenestrated April 4 in the eleventh arrondissement of Paris, was auditioned by the examining magistrate last Monday at the psychiatric hospital where he is interned for three months. The doctors found his condition consistent with an interrogation, the first since the crime.
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In his statements, which L'Express has read, the 27-year-old returns consistently to the bloody night. He acknowledges the facts but disputes any dimension anti-Semite. "I felt like possessed. I felt oppressed by an external force, a demonic force, "he defends himself, attributing his condition to" the dozen joints "he had smoked. The man confirms that he was not taking any medicine. He has no psychiatric history.
"I shouted 'May Satan be blessed'"
It was the day before the tragedy that Kobili T. would have felt his first "flushes of anguish". He remembers going to the mosque, insulting the caregiver of his disabled sister, and falling asleep at a friend's house in front of the movie The Punisher.
In the night, at 3:30, he wakes up and goes to the apartment of the family D., whose balcony adjoins that of Sarah Halimi. "I do not know why, he slips to the magistrate, stating that he had been affected by another uproar with his mother earlier. I felt stressed. "
Among the D's, relatives of his long-standing family, the alleged killer displays a nervous attitude. He admits having had a "hang-up" with them, but denies having sequestered them. "I shouted 'May Satan be blessed'. They lock themselves all after. [...] I wanted to stay, I do not know why. "Pretending to have felt" hunted ", he says that he began to" recite words from the Koran "in the living room. About 30 minutes later, Kobili enters the victim's home.
"I typed it with the phone, then with my fists"
The young man is unable to explain this intrusion, but says he felt that he was not safe with the Ds. "I did not know where I was going to land. It was when I saw a Torah in the apartment, I saw the lady who woke up. "He adds:" I told him 'Call the police, we will be attacked'. She called from a landline phone. "A bloody handset, the stacks spread on the ground, was discovered by the investigators.
Kobili then begins to hit Sarah Halimi with senseless violence, which he does not hide. "I typed it with the phone, then with my fists. Then I do not know what took me, I lifted it and threw it out the window [from the balcony, in reality]“.
Again, he does not rely on the trigger of his deadly business. Just remembering a moment of panic and a confused conversation about the number of the building with his victim. Several times during his audition, he hides behind "I do not know".
- Neighbors say they heard "Allah Akbar"the judge noted.
- I do not remember saying that.
Similarly, Kobili does not remember shouting "You're going to pay". Many witnesses, however, told the investigators that they heard a mixture of screams, threats and religious references in both French and Arabic. The man is arrested at 5:35 am by three police officers from the Anti-Crime Brigade (BAC), who arrived at the scene nearly an hour ago. "I thought it was demons," he repeats to the magistrate.
"It's horrible. I should never have done that "
Asked about her relationship with the retiree, the young killer is more prolix. Yes, he knew she was her neighbor from above, for "at least ten years". Yes, he knew of his religious practice. How? "His way of dressing, with traditional clothes to go to the synagogue, or his children when they came and had the yarmulke."
On the other hand, Kobili denies that Sarah Halimi's religion motivated her action. "I am not anti-Semitic. It could have happened to anyone, "he says, adding that he has never had problems with the Jewish community. He gives some regrets. "It's horrible. I should never have done that, probably because I smoked too much cannabis. "
"I have the feeling of a denial of justice"
At the end of his hearing, he was indicted for "willful homicide" and "sequestration". The aggravating circumstance of anti-Semitism has not been retained at this stage, much to the chagrin of the lawyers of Sarah Halimi's relatives.
"I feel a denial of justice, vituperates master Jean-Alex Buchinger. His answers are clear, structured and prepared. They prove that he was not in a state of insanity either at the material time or today. He was aware that Ms. Halimi was Jewish. The Islamist and anti-Semitic connotation of his act is undeniable. "Master Gilles-William Goldnadel replies:" I find it rather incongruous that justice does not retain the anti-Semitic dimension when an Islamist tortures someone for half an hour shouting ' God is great'".
For these lawyers, Kobili has selective memory and does not assume "to have targeted his victim". They suspect him of having prepared his answers by reading the press. "All that one tries to make pass by the media, it is false", cleared the young man before the judge, admitting to have known the turmoil caused by his crime in the Jewish community. Kobili has been placed under a detention order but remains hospitalized.