Merah case: a UMP wants to further penalize the violation of the secrecy of the investigation

Mohamed Merah.

Broadcasting excerpts of discussions between Mohamed Merah and French police who besieged, Sunday, July 8 at night on TF1, has angered the victim's family and multiple reactions in the political class.

On Monday, William Larrivé, UMP Yonne, announced its intention to introduce a bill for the violation of the secrecy of the investigation is now punishable by two years' imprisonment and a 30,000 euro fine .


Recalling the Paris prosecutor's office opened a preliminary investigation for violation of the secrecy of the investigation, offense punishable by one year in prison and 15,000 euros fine, after the release of remarks by Mohamed Merah during the siege of his apartment by police RAID, William Larrivé believes that "this procedure is useful but will not (.) to punish the particular achievement was given to the dignity of victims of Mohamed Merah".

"Therefore," he adds, "I find it necessary, for the future, to change this point the criminal code. I will table a bill for the violation of the secrecy of the investigation is now punishable by two years' imprisonment and a fine of 30,000 euros when undermines the dignity of the victim of a crime. "

Earlier Monday, another personality of the UMP denounced the broadcast videos. France Inter Valérie Pécresse said it was "shocked" before appealing to the "sense of responsibility" for radio and television that could have such records do not broadcast. "I'm afraid of a contamination effect, an effect of sympathy for a man who committed monstrous acts," she said.


The Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira "is that shed light" on the case of the broadcast by TF1 audio recordings between police and Mohamed Merah. In a statement, the Justice Minister said "understand the emotion of the families of the victims after the broadcast by TF1 of recording."

"The Paris prosecutor's office on Sunday evening launched a preliminary investigation for violation of the secrecy of the investigation and trial. In respect of the protection of journalists' sources, the Minister of Justice is that light is shed on this matter, "the statement added.

In its edition dated Tuesday, July 10, Le Monde published a transcript of records.

Read what Mohamed Merah told negotiators

In addition, the families of two of the three soldiers killed in March by Mohamed Merah were received separately Monday by the defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian.


The family of Imad Ibn Ziaten, the first military shot by Merah, March 11 in Toulouse, was received in the morning, while part of the Abel Chennouf, killed four days later in Montauban, the was in the afternoon, do you have the same source said, without elaborating on the content of the interviews. No appointment has however been arrested with the family of Mohamed Legouade, the third military shot by Mohamed Merah.

The family of Imad Ibn Ziaten asks the sergeant head receives the Legion of Honor posthumously and is recognized as "war victim" since he was the victim of an "act of terrorism" according to Mr. Mouhou. It also requests that the Ministry supports the defense costs of the family. The Department responded that all these claims were "under consideration," lamented Mr. Mohan Mouhou, parents' lawyer Imad Ibn Ziaten, which calls for "action."

President Francois Hollande asked in May the Minister of Defence scrutiny of records of the families of victims and their claims. These are of two types, symbolic and financial. They include a request for legal aid and demand that the soldiers killed are regarded as war victims.

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