Daily Israel Report

Algeria Rejects Body of Toulouse Terrorist

Algiers has refused to allow the burial of the Toulouse Terrorist to take place on Algerian soil.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 3/29/2012, 11:47 AM

Lighting a candle in memory of Toulouse terror victims
Lighting a candle in memory of Toulouse terror victims
Reuters

Algiers has refused to allow the burial of the Toulouse Terrorist to take place on Algerian soil.

The family of Mohammed Merah will instead be forced to hold the funeral of the 23-year-old terrorist in France.

Abdallah Zekri, representing the head of the Great Mosque of Paris, told French media Thursday he was “instructed by the family to conduct the funeral within 24 hours in France in accordance with the authorities, because Algeria has refused to receive the body of Mohammed Merah, citing security reasons.”

One who claims to be the author of the killings of Toulouse and Montauban should be buried near Toulouse in the Muslim section of the cemetery Cornebarrieu according to Zekri. The spokesman added that the funeral would take place “in the strictest confidence.”

Merah's body was to depart France Thursday from Toulouse for burial in Algiers, his mother's birthplace, but the response from the Algerian consulate was negative.

“Mayor Bezzaz has given an unfavorable response,” Zekri told France TV, noting that the body would be buried within 24 hours, probably in the Toulouse area.

While his family was working to find a place willing to accept his body for burial, Merah's father was making arrangements to sue French police for having put an end to his murderous shooting spree.

Mohammed Benalal Merah hired Algerian attorney Zahia Mokhtari to file charges against French police for shooting his son when he tried to escape capture at the end of a 32-hour siege. The 23-year-old terrorist was killed in an an exchange of gunfire when he jumped out a window as police stormed the apartment in which he had been trapped. His brother, Abdelkader Merah, is currently being held on suspicion of being an accessory to the murders.

The younger Merah slaughtered a rabbi and three young Jewish children, and critically wounded a 17-year-old rabbinic student at the Otzar HaTorah Jewish day school last week in Toulouse. A few days earlier, he had shot to death three French Muslim paratroopers, all of North African descent. During the time he was trapped in his apartment, Merah told French media he had murdered the French soldiers in revenge for French participation in NATO operations against terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He had murdered the rabbi and Jewish children to "avenge the deaths of Palestinian children in Gaza." His only regret, he said, was in not having had the time to kill more.