October 18, 2007
Letter from France: French first lady vanishes
Cherchez la femme!
(Page 2 - Previous Page)On Aug. 8, 2006, a court decided that the murderer was mentally unstable and therefore could not be held responsible for killing Selam. Moreover, Selam's mother, Juliette, and her lawyer were not informed of the ruling and therefore couldn't appeal the decision. After months of solitary struggle, Juliette Selam finally obtained from the court a reopening of the case, and she now hopes for a new trial. In the meantime, her son's murderer wrote to her and demanded that she drop the charges.
Selam says that she's not afraid, declaring: "The worst has already happened."
Paris-based journalist Shirli Sitbon's "Letter From France" appears monthly in The Journal. Read her blog at http://paris-chronicler.blogspot.com/.
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