The Paris Prosecutor’s office said it would be dropping the hate crime charge in the trial of Kobili Traore, a 28-year-old Muslim man who threw his neighbor, Sarah Halimi, to her death from the window of her third-story apartment bak in April.
According to witnesses, Traore was heard shouting about Allah and calling Halimi “a devil” in Arabic. Halimi’s daughter also testified that Traore had called her a “dirty Jewess” in the building two years before the murder. But the examining magistrate in Traore’s trial, which opened this week, dismissed the aggravated hate crime charge before the trial actually began.
Traore is pleading temporary insanity, though he has no history of mental illness.
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