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Youssef Fofana, who was arrested in the Ivory Coast last month after he was named as the leader of the gang suspected of Halimi’s death, was reported to have told officials the crime was financially motivated.
Some 20 people have been arrested since Halimi was found close to death at a train station on the outskirts of Paris three weeks ago. The 23-year-old went missing on 21 January after accepting a date with a stranger. He died in an ambulance as he was being rushed to hospital.
Officials have since confirmed that four of six men the gang had tried to abduct previously are Jewish.
Less than a week after 30,000 people attended a rally against anti-semitism in Halimi’s honour, there were three separate attacks against young Jews in the northern Paris suburb of Sarcelles.
Late on Friday, rabbi’s son Eliyahu Brami, 17, had his nose broken in a street attack while Yacob Boccara, 18, was on the receiving end of anti-Semitic threats. The following night a 28-year-old man was beaten by men who made anti-semitic remarks.
Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy wrote to the families of the victims promising swift action in bringing the perpetrators to justice.Halimi Suspect Extradited by TJ Reporter