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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Parisian Gang Sentenced

The leader of a Paris gang has been jailed for life for the kidnap, torture and murder of a young French Jew.

Youssouf Fofana, 28, was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years behind bars before he can be considered for parole after he was found guilty by a Paris court of abducting and killing 23-year-old Ilan Halimi in 2006.

Twenty-four others, including eight women, received jail terms ranging from six months to 18 years after being found guilty of charges relating to the crime.

The gang abducted 23-year-old Halimi and tortured him for more than three weeks as they attempted, unsuccessfully, to extort a $600,000 ransom from his family.

He died on his way to hospital shortly after he was found naked, severely burned and handcuffed to a tree by a railway in the Essonne region south of Paris.

link: Al Jazeera English - Europe - Life term for French Jew's murderer


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