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French court gives murder gang chief Fofana seven more years for supporting terrorism


The head of gang which tortured and killed a Jewish man in 2006, has been sentenced to seven more years in prison for making anti-Semitic videos while in jail.


Seven years to the day after Ilan Halimi died, following torture by the so-called ‘Gang of Barbarians’, gang leader Youssouf Fofana was found guilty of propagating terrorism and inciting racial hatred, after anti-Semitic videos were found in his prison cell.

Fofana was the leader of the gang which kidnapped 23 year-old Halimi in 2009 and held him for ransom, then tortured him for three weeks before he was found by police – Halimi died on his way to the hospital.

Fofana was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 22 years.

Last year he was put on trial again, after prison officials found videos he made calling for an African revolt.

Yesterday, the judge found Fofana guilty of provoking racial hatred, and condoning an act of terrorism, and added seven additional years to his prison sentence.

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