Kidnap victim Ilan Halimi 311.
(photo credit: AP Photo/Benoit Tessier)
The woman who was used as bait in the 2006 kidnapping and murder of French Jew Ilan Halimi has been involved in a love affair with her 41-year-old male warden, who could now face prison time, the French newspaper Le Parisien on Friday.
According to the report, warden Florent Gonclaves reportedly fell in love with 23-year-old Emma Arbabzadeh, and, along with another guard, began trading gifts, money, and special treatment with the inmate for sex.
The charges against Gonclaves include illicit dealings with a prisoner and the smuggling of money and forbidden objects. He could face up to three years in prison if convicted, Le Parisien
According to Le Parisien
, the warden, the guard, and Arbabzadeh have all confessed to the charges against them. The paper quotes a source close to the case as saying that Gonclaves said he had fallen in love with Arbabzadeh and said he was looking to build a life with her after her release.
Arbabzadeh, also known as Yalda, is serving a nine-year-sentence for her
role in the kidnap and murder of Halimi, 23, who she helped lure into
the hands of a gang known as "the barbarians". On January 20th, 2006,
Yalda lured Halimi to an apartment block in a Paris suburb, where he was
set upon by the gang, who held him captive for 24 days, demanding money
for his release. Eventually Halimi was found naked handcuffed to a
tree, on the verge of death and badly burnt.
Gang leader Youssouf Fofana was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years for
the crime, which he said he carried out because he was convinced all
Jews are rich.