Killer of Holocaust survivor sentenced to life in France

A French court sentenced a man to life in prison for what it called the anti-Semitic murder of a Holocaust survivor in Paris in 2018.

Mireille Knoll’s killer Yacine Mihoub will be eligible for parole in 22 years, according to Wednesday’s Paris Criminal Court ruling, AFP reported. An accomplice of his, Alex Carrimbacus, was sentenced to 15 years for aggravated robbery for a hate crime for his actions in 2018.

The charred body of Mireille Knoll, 85, was discovered in her apartment on March 23, 2018. Knoll, who escaped deportation to a Nazi death camp when French police detained Jews in Paris in 1942, was stabbed 11 times before his apartment was installed. burning for the perpetrators.

Mihoub, 29, is the son of Knoll’s neighbor and has known her all his life. He and 23-year-old Carrimbacus were indicted in May 2020.

In the verdict, the two men’s crimes were found to have been anti-Semitic because they attacked Knoll out of the belief that stealing and killing her would be lucrative because she is Jewish.

People participate in a demonstration of unity after the murder of French Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll in Paris (credit: GONZALO FUENTES / REUTERS)

Knoll’s murder sparked a protest by French Jews, including a protest march through Paris organized by leaders of the Jewish community in which 10,000 people participated.

Her murder occurred about a year after the murder of Sarah Halimi, a Jewish doctor, by a neighbor who shouted about Allah as he killed her. The killer in that case, Kobili Traore, was not tried because a judge determined that he was suffering from a marijuana-induced psychotic episode. That ruling, which ended Traore’s admission to a psychiatric institution, sparked a wave of protests from French Jews.

Knoll’s family said they considered the sentences handed down to their killer and thief to be fair, AFP reported.

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