French judge sanctions magazine in Halimi case

May 20, 2009 23:46

A French judge ordered off newsstands a magazine that published a cover photo of a Jewish man who was allegedly tortured by a group of people now on trial for their role in his death. The magazine, "Choc," which means shock in French, must be withdrawn by May 22 for publishing a picture of Ilan Halimi taken by his captors. Judge Phillipe Jean-Draeher says the "exceptional" attack on the feelings of Halimi's mother and sisters led to his ruling Wednesday. The mother was awarded €20,000 and the sisters each €10,000 in damages. The magazine must pay a €200 fine for every infraction. Twenty-seven people are on trial in a case that has raised concerns about anti-Semitism. Halimi's family says he was killed because he was Jewish.

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