The parents of a 25-year-old woman, who was killed in hit-and-run last year, filed a request in France to extradite the two men responsible for their daughter’s death to Israel.
Despite repeated requests from the Israeli government, France will not extradite Eric Roubbi and Claude Isaac, who struck Lee Zeitouni while she crossed the street in Tel Aviv in September 2011, and instead will try them in a French court.
The two men fled to France hours after the incident. Lawyers for Roubbi and Isaacs have said the men are willing to face up to their responsibilities but fear they would not receive a fair trial in Israel.
According to the parents’ attorney, Kate and Itzik Zeitouni sought to have the trial in Israel, but “gave up.”
In January 2012, while speaking to a special session of the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, Ambassador Christophe Bigot said that a French law passed in 2004 prohibits the extradition of French citizens to any state that is not a member of the European Union. When asked why Roubbi and Isaacs had not been taken into custody in France, Bigot said Zeitouni's family had not filed a formal request, through the Israel Police, to arrest the suspects.
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