Three Involved in anti-Semitic Robbery and Rape in Paris Sentenced to Prison

Three men convicted in 2014 robbery and rape receive sentences ranging between 8 and 16 years in prison

French police secure a street in Paris on June 12, 2018.
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The three men convicted in an anti-Semitic rape and robbery in a Paris suburb received sentences ranging between eight and 16 years on Friday. 

Two of the men, Abdou Salam Koita, 26, and Ladje Haidara, 23, who were convicted of committed the rape, were  were sentenced to eight and 13 years respectively.

The third man, Houssame Hatri, 22, who was found guilty of making the anti-Semitic slurs, remains on the lam. He was sentenced to 16 years.

Two accomplices also were sentenced to five and six years in prison.

The court recognized the anti-Semitic nature of the 2014 attack on the young couple in an apartment in the Paris suburb of Creteil.

The attackers chose their victims based on the assumption that they had money since they were Jewish. The couple, both in their early twenties at the time, was staying at the apartment of the man’s parents, where they were attacked.

Haidara raped the woman while another guarded her boyfriend inside the apartment. The third went out to withdraw the money from a cash machine with the stolen credit cards and ATM cards. They also stole jewelry from the apartment.

“Jews, you have money at home, you do not put it in the bank,” one of the assailants said during the attack.

Hatri said that it was “for my brothers in Palestine” before suggesting they “gas” their victims with teargas, the French news service AFP reported.

The men denied that they had anti-Semitic motives in carrying out the attack.

The incident sparked outrage in France’s Jewish community and came amid a string of anti-Semitic attacks.