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Life sentence sought in case of slain French Jew

Life sentence sought in case of slain French Jew

The prosecuting counsel in the trial of a gang of French youths accused of murdering a young Jew has requested a sentence of life imprisonment for the group's ringleader.
Ilan Halimi was entrapped, sequestered, tortured and finally died before he could reach hospital in 2006, allegedly as a result of an ordeal at the hands of a gang led by Youssef Fofana.
If convicted, Fofana's two prime accomplices each face 20 years in prison, a court spokesperson said on condition of anonymity because the case was held behind closed doors.
The victim's family says Halimi was killed because he was Jewish, which the prosecuting counsel claimed in the summing up Tuesday, according to one of their lawyers, Francis Szpiner.