“We admire Youssouf Fofana!”
Kidnappers of French Jewish youth Mathieu Roumi
Youssouf Fofana was leader of “The Barbarians”
A French Gang linked to Hamas who killed Ilan Halimi
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French officials announced that there was a kidnapping and torture of another young Jewish man in Bagneux.
In 2006 Ilan Halimi was lured by a “honeypot”, attractive Audrey Lorleach, on a date where she passed him off to a French gang that had connections with Hamas. Ilan was tortured by the gang for three weeks with particular cruelty simply because he was a Jew. Relatives and neighbors, beyond the immediate circle of the gang, were told about the Jewish hostage and dropped in to participate in the torture! He was kept naked for weeks during his torture and up to his death when he was thrown from a train.
Bagneux is the same suburb where Ilan Halimi was lured and tortured for weeks by several “youths” and their families before he was thrown from a train and died.
The European Jewish Press and LGF Quick Links reported:
French officials voiced outrage Wednesday after it emerged a gang had locked up and attacked a Jewish youth in the same Paris suburb where Ilan Halimi (pictured) was tortured to death two years ago.
Aged 17 to 25, the six youths — who knew the victim — had falsely accused him of stealing from them in order to lure him into a trap, judicial sources said.
Once he arrived in the apartment of one of his aggressors, the young man was handcuffed on a radiator and beaten.
With a pen, the aggressors scrawled “dirty Jew” and “dirty faggot” on the face of their victim. Later they forced him to swallow down cigarette butts and to suck a condom on a stick. The man’s ordeal reportedly lasted nine and a half hours.
He was later hospitalised “in a state of shock”. He lodged a complaint.
“We are shocked and outraged. We condemn such acts in the strongest term. Our city has values of tolerance, respect of differences, fight against racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia,” the Bagneux city hall said in a statement.
The head of the Jewish community of Bagneux, Philippe Ovadia, was to visit the young man’s family on Wednesday. The city is home of some 100 Jewish families.
The six aggressors face charges of group violence motivated by a person’s “real or supposed race, religion or sexual orientation”, acts of torture, blackmail and theft.
The gang of barbarians who murdered Ilan Hilami will stand trial this year.
UPDATE: Haaretz has more on the recent attack:
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Roumi ran into two youths he knew. They discussed a sum of money that he supposedly owed them. An argument ensued, after which they beat him and, with the help of a third friend, dragged him to a dark basement. The three assailants were joined by three other youths, all neighborhood residents and neighbors of Roumi.
For two hours the attackers tortured the young man. One shoved cigarette butts into his mouth, another took issue with Roumi’s Jewish origin, grabbed correction fluid and scrawled “dirty Jew” on his forehead. The six men proceeded to scream at him and threaten that he would die the way Halimi did.
They identified themselves as members of the “Barbarians,” the same gang that kidnapped Halimi from his store, demanded ransom for his release, and when that was not forthcoming, tortured the 23-year-old over the course of three weeks. Moments after he was dumped on the street, Halimi died.
Roumi told police investigators that throughout his ordeal, his assailants employed measures with sexual and sadistic connotations. When the issue of his sexual orientation arose, one of them placed a condom on the tip of a stick and shoved it in Roumi’s mouth.
“We admire Youssouf Fofana!” they shouted at him, referring to the leader of the gang that murdered Halimi. Fofana and 29 other suspects are on trial for abduction, torture and murder. If convicted, they can expect a life sentence.
Roumi’s life was spared because one of the assailants, who owned the basement space, had to leave and take the key with him. Roumi was set free and returned home, battered and broken. When he got to his parent’s home, they sent him immediately for a medical examination.
The next day Roumi went to the police. In a matter of hours, the six assailants were arrested. Most are in their 20s, two come from Muslim homes, two are “fully” French, and another two are African and Portuguese immigrants. They told interrogators that they had not meant to hurt Roumi.