Octogenarian killed in Paris: prosecution opens judicial inquiry for "assassination" with anti-Semitic character

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Mireille K., survivor of the roundup of the Vél 'd'Hiv in July 1942, died Friday in the fire of his Paris apartment. She had stab wounds.

The Paris public prosecutor's office opened, Monday, March 26, a judicial inquiry for "Assassination" anti-Semitic following the murder Friday in Paris of an octogenarian of Jewish confession, said a judicial source.

Two suspects will be presented in the day to an examining magistrate for their possible indictment, including for "Murder on the basis of the victim's real or perceived affiliation to a religion and to a vulnerable person".

The prosecutor's office, which also retained the heads of "Aggravated theft" and of "Degradation of the property of others by means dangerous to people", required their detention on remand.

The body of the old woman was found partly charred Friday shortly before 19 hours in his apartment of 11e Paris district, where she lived alone. The police quickly turned to the criminal track, after the discovery of several fire starts in the apartment and stabbings on the body of the victim, according to a source close to the file.

"Barbarian crime"

This woman, Mireille K., was "Jewish denomination"said Sunday evening in a statement the Office of Vigilance Against Antisemitism (BNVCA) through its President, Sammy Ghozlan. It was "A survivor of the roundup of the Vél 'd'Hiv" in July 1942, said on his Facebook page UDI MP Meyer Habib, after meeting with one of the son of the victim.

The Confederation of Jews of France and the Friends of Israel (CJFAI) asked the authorities not to re-offend the error of "The Sarah Halimi Affair" and to immediately recognize the anti-Semitic nature of this tragic affair.

The Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF), meanwhile,  "Expects from the authorities the utmost transparency in the ongoing investigation so that the reasons for this barbaric crime are known to all as soon as possible"he said in a statement.

The memory of Sarah Halimi

The president of the Jewish Consistory, Joel Mergui, for his part said he wants "To understand what happened and not to let the silence that followed the assassination of Sarah Halimi, a year ago, in the same district".

In April 2017, Sarah Halimi, a 65-year-old Orthodox Jew, was killed in Paris by her neighbor. Screaming" God is great ", interspersed with insults and verses from the Koran, the young man had beaten her on the balcony, before throwing her into the void.

After months of judicial struggle, the antisemitic character of the murder was retained by the investigating judge in early March. This murder, at first confused circumstances for the investigators, Over the weeks, there was intense emotion in the Jewish community and beyond.

"We took months and months to characterize what was obvious to those who had seen the crime", had raised the president Emmanuel Macron during the dinner of the CRIF, March 7.

Read also: Murder of Sarah Halimi: the antisemitic character retained by the judge of instruction

According to an AFP dispatch

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