Murder of holocaust survivor in Paris should be treated as anti-Semitic, say prosecutors
French prosecutors have called for two men accused of murdering a Holocaust survivor in her eastern Paris council flat to be tried for killing her on anti-Semitic grounds. Mireille Knoll, 85, was stabbed 11 times in March 2018 and burned in a frenzied onslaught, which shocked the nation and outraged political leaders. President Emmanuel Macron, who attended her funeral at the time amid widespread public mourning, said: “She was killed simply because she was Jewish.” Her neighbour, Yacine Mihoub, 30 is now in custody along with another suspect, 24-year old Alex Carrimbacus with mental health issues. On Thursday night, Paris prosecutors called for the pair to be tried for “murder of a vulnerable person due to the victim’s real or supposed affiliation to a religion”. It is now up to the investigating magistrates conducting the investigation to decide whether to retain the motive of anti-Semitism. Prosecutors pointed out that Yacine Mihoub had scrawled graffiti in praise of the Paris terror attacks in his cell and had conducted internet searches on the liberation of Palestine, Salafist Islam and the Muslim brotherhood. Carrimbacus is thought to have asked whether the victim was rich. “This evidence legitimately raises the question over Yacine Mihoub and Alex Carrimbacus’s state of mind and the deep reason for the murder,” the prosecution was cited as arguing in Le Parisien.
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