Mohamed Merah's Father Says He Won't Shut Up; Hires Lawyer to Sue French Police

 
on March 29 2012 7:25 AM
An undated and non-datelined frame grab of Mohamed Merah
An undated and non-datelined frame grab from a video broadcast March 21, 2012 by French national television station France 2 who they claim to show Mohamed Merah, the suspect in the killing of 3 paratroopers, 3 children and a rabbi in recent days in France. About 300 police, some in body armour, have cordoned off a five-storey building in Toulouse where the 24-year-old Muslim shooter, identified as Mohamed Merah, is holed up. REUTERS

The father of Mohamed Merah, the Toulouse man of Algerian descent who killed seven people and was shot dead by police, will sue a French police unit over his son's death. 

Mohamed Benalal Merah has reportedly hired an Algerian Lawyer to sue the French security services for not following the legal procedures while attempting to arrest Merah, AFP reported. 

Mr. (Mohamed Benalal) Merah came to our office in Algiers on Tuesday to formally ask us to sue the French security services (RAID) for not having followed procedure during the attempt to arrest Mohamed Merah and his murder, lawyer Zahia Mokhtari said, according to AFP. 

Mr. Merah thinks that his son was murdered. He has asked us to file a complaint against the French security services ... We will begin the procedure once the burial is completed, the lawyer added.

Mohamed Merah was killed in a police siege at his apartment where he was holed up after killing seven people, including three Jewish children, a Rabbi and three soldiers in Southwestern France.

Merah's body is expected to arrive in Algeria on Thursday and his mother and a sister will accompany the body, Algerian news paper Elkhabar reported. He will be buried according to the Islamic traditions in a cemetery at Runnels, Medea, near his ancestors' graves.

The news report also said that Merah's mother had been moving disguised from one house to another in France, fearing the repercussions, since her son's killing spree and violent death. 

French foreign minister Alain Juppe strongly reacted on a possible legal suit by Merah's father: If I was the father of such a monster I would have shut my mouth in shame.

However, Merah's father said he would go ahead and sue the police, and would not shut up.

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