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Prosecutor seeks life for gang leader in anti-Semitism case

Video by Sarah DRURY

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-07-01

French prosecutors sought a life sentence for Youssouf Fofana, the leader of a Paris gang known as "The Barbarians" who kidnapped, tortured and murdered a young Jewish man in February 2006. The court's verdict is due on July 11.

AFP - Prosecutors called Tuesday for a life sentence for the leader of a Paris gang known as "The Barbarians" accused of the kidnap, torture and murder of a young Jewish man.

The call came as the two-month trial wound down of gang leader Youssouf Fofana who admittted in court to carrying out the crime that shocked France for its sheer brutality.

Prosecutor Philippe Bilger called for 20-year sentences for two of Fofana's alleged closest accomplices in the crime committed in February 2006, and for 12 years for a young woman allegedly used to lure the victim to his doom.

He called for sentences ranging from five to 13 years for several others of Fofana's 26 alleged accomplices.

The court's verdict is due on July 11.

Ilan Halimi was kidnapped and subjected to torture for 24 days before he was found naked and handcuffed to a tree near a railway track on February 13, 2006. He died on the way to hospital.

Date created : 2009-07-01

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