French Court Sentences Killer of French Holocaust Survivor Mireille Knoll to Life in Prison

A French court on Nov. 10 sentenced Yacine Mihoub to life in prison, with no possibility of parole for 22 years, for the 2018 murder of French Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll.

The court found Mihoub guilty of stabbing Knoll 11 times and then setting her Paris apartment on fire on March 23, 2018.

Knoll was an 85-year-old Jewish woman with Parkinson’s disease.

The court also sentenced accomplice Alex Carrimbacus to 15 years in prison for robbery motivated by anti-Semitism, but acquitted him of murder.

According to the court, the attack, which began as a robbery, was a hate crime motivated by “a broader context of anti-Semitism” and “prejudices” about the purported wealth of Jewish people, which led the attackers to believe that Knoll had “hidden treasures” in her home.

Both Mihoub and Carrimbacus blamed the other for the murder.

Mihoub, whose mother lived next to Knoll, admitted to setting the apartment on fire, partly burning Knoll’s body, but claimed that Carrimbacus stabbed Knoll to death.

Meanwhile, Carrimbacus, a homeless man, admitted to robbery but said that Mihoub carried out the killing.

Carrimbacus also said that he heard Mihoub shout “Allahu Akbar” — which means “God is greatest” — while stabbing Knoll to death.

Prosecutors also told the court that Mihoub had made anti-Semitic remarks in the past.

It took the jury 10 hours to decide on the sentencing.

The murder sparked public outrage over anti-Semitism in France.


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