Court Hears Appeal of 2006 Murder of French Jew

Ilan Halimi, who was 23-years-old at the time of his murder, was held captive and tortured by 18 people for more than three weeks.

A Paris court is hearing the appeal of 18 people convicted in the 2006 kidnapping, torture and murder of a young French Jew.

Ilan Halimi, France, Paris AP

One who's not appealing is Gang leader Youssouf Fofana, who chose not to appeal his conviction and life sentence. The appeal started Monday; it's expected to continue through mid-December.

The case revived worries in France about anti-Semitism, considered an aggravating circumstance in the case, and led to anxiety in France's Jewish community, the largest in western Europe.

Ilan Halimi, who was 23 years old, was held captive for more than three weeks.

He was found naked, handcuffed and covered with burn marks near railroad tracks in the Essonne region south of Paris on Feb. 13, 2006. He died on the way to the hospital.