Israeli Officials: Toulouse Terrorist Wasn´t Arrested Here (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 03/23/12)
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Israeli authorities denied on Friday the reports that Mohammed Merah,
the terrorist who murdered seven people including a rabbi and three
young children in Toulouse, visited Israel several years ago and was
arrested by police after a knife was found on him.
The claim that Merah was arrested in Israel was made by the head of
France´s intelligence agency, Bernard Squarcini, in an interview with
the French Le Monde newspaper.
Channel 2 News reported on Friday that the Israel Police and Israel
Security Agency (ISA) have investigated the claim and have found that
there is no indication that Merah was arrested in Israel.
The report said that the police and the ISA have been trying to trace
Merah’s movements in Israel and have contacted Interpol to try to
find out which identity he may have used when entering Israel. Also
being investigated is whether Merah entered Israel alone or with
other people, as well as the purpose of his visit.
On Thursday, an American officer serving in Afghanistan told Le Monde
that Merah’s passport had been stamped with entry to and exit from
The National Immigration Authority said later that an initial
investigation found that Merah never visited Israel. Kol Yisrael
radio reported that the National Immigration Authority said that the
terrorist´s name, as published in the media, was not found in the
list of arrivals to Israel. The authority added that it is continuing
to investigate the matter.
Meanwhile, the terrorist´s older brother said Friday that he is very
proud of his younger brother, according to a report in the French
newspaper Le Point. According to the report, the brother who has been
held in police custody since Wednesday, told police that he had no
regrets and that he supports his younger brother’s actions.
On Friday, French police extended the remand of Merah’s brother,
mother and girlfriend. Officials said Merah´s brother, Abdelkader
Merah, is himself a radical Islamist, and that traces of what could
be an explosive material were found in his car.
Also on Friday, French authorities sought to defend their actions
amid reports that Merah had been under surveillance, yet still
managed to carry out his terror attacks. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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