Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The state partly responsible for the death of a soldier killed by Merah – Liberation

The state is guilty of negligence in the supervision of Mohammed Merah, assassin in March 2012, three soldiers and three Jewish children and a father in Toulouse and Montauban. In its ruling Tuesday, the Administrative Court of Nimes (Gard) has held the state responsible in part responsible for the death of Abel Chennouf, soldier of the 17 th paratrooper regiment of Montauban killed by Mohammed Merah March 15, 2012: “the responsibility of the State is likely to be liable for ordinary negligence of the intelligence services in the exercise of their terrorist actions preventive mission and surveillance of radical individuals “

Looking back:. November 14, 2011, in the early afternoon, four months before he murdered soldiers and Jewish children Toulouse and Montauban, Mohammed Merah, back from Pakistan, was summoned to a “administrative maintenance” in the Toulouse headquarters of the General Directorate of internal security (DCRI). His comments are recorded, but have no legal effect. The latter stuck S “radical Islamist” since 2006 and “priority” of the DCRI in light of his recent trips ‘zones’ (Afghanistan and Pakistan), is in fact subject to no administrative action, such as assignment residence for example.

in 2011, Merah was due to its “tourist trips”

the two policemen of Levallois-Perret, where the headquarters of the DCRI, and Brigadier Hassan L. Toulouse, are there to evaluate Mohammed Merah in order to recruit. It is in the cool, lying on a table, because of hepatitis contracted a month earlier in Pakistan that Merah is explained on his stays “tourist” in Afghanistan and Pakistan . “calm” , it smokes the officers of the DCRI scrolling on his laptop, photos of the Buddhas of Bamiyan (Afghanistan) and the Red Mosque in Islamabad (Pakistan). It will even pretend to have gone to Pakistan to find a wife.

“recruiters” DCRI did not know that their interlocutor is actually made in Miranshah, a stronghold Taliban of Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan. The NSA had yet spotted there, via the activation of two of its Internet addresses. The Americans had well passed the information to the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE), which “omitted” however the forward to the DCRI.

Without these elements, the analysts Central Levallois deem “maintenance failed to make the link between Mohammed Merah and an eventual jihadist network” . While considering recruitment in view of “his traveler profile that may be relevant to our theme” . The experiment will not go away, the Toulouse police DCRI judging Mohammed Merah unreliable and too unstable for this role. Nevertheless his supervision deemed far “priority” will be interrupted.

It will resume on 20 March 2012, 24 hours after the killing of Jewish children from the Ozar HaTorah school.

Jean-Manuel Escarnot


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