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March 23, 2012 9:53 am

French PM: Killer Could Not Have Been Arrested Before Attacks

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Mohammed Merah, the man who confessed to police that he killed 7 people in France recently, before being shot dead in an armed standoff. Photo: screenshot via France 2.

JPost – The French police had no grounds to arrest gunman Mohamed Merah, prior to the murder of four people at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in Toulouse, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Friday, according to AFP.

Fillon told French radio that “there was no single element” that could have allowed police to detain Merah. “We don’t have the right in a country like ours to permanently monitor without judicial authorisation someone who hasn’t committed an offense… We live in a state of law.”

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