French authorities probe sister of Toulouse terrorist
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French authorities probe sister of Toulouse terrorist

Souad Merah investigated for 'defense of terrorism' after declaring her pride in brother who killed three Jewish children in March

Toulouse killer Mohamed Merah. (photo credit:  Patrick Crasnier/CIT'images/Flash90)
Toulouse killer Mohamed Merah. (photo credit: Patrick Crasnier/CIT'images/Flash90)

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a preliminary inquiry into a statement by the sister of radical Islamist Mohamed Merah, who said she’s “proud” of her brother, who killed seven people, including three Jewish children, in March.

A judicial official said Monday that the probe for “defense of terrorism” is aimed at establishing the conditions under which Souad Merah spoke. Her words, captured by a hidden camera, were aired this weekend in a TV documentary based on an account by Merah’s oldest brother, Abdelghani. He claims the Merah children, of Algerian origin, were raised on anti-Semitism.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls denounced Souad Merah’s words, saying they can only be seen as a defense of terrorism and of anti-Semitism.

Merah was killed in a standoff with police at his Toulouse apartment.

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