Fettah Malki, the Franco-Algerian who had supplied weapons to Mohamed Merah who served during the terrorist attack in March 2012 in Toulouse and Montauban, was expelled on May 3 to Algeria.
The young man was arrested by the authorities on April 22, 2022 and then placed in administrative detention in Toulouse. According to the French media BFM, despite an obligation to leave French territory, Algeria did not issue him a consular pass and therefore refused his extradition.
His expulsion was subsequently negotiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Algerian government, but all the steps and procedures related to his transfer were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the various restrictions.
Prime Minister Jean Castex also spoke on the subject and stressed that he had made it a “personal file”. To expel Mohammed Merah’s accomplice to Algeria was what had to be done.
The Merah affair: always in the memory of Toulouse residents
As a reminder, the attacks of March 2012 in Toulouse marked France. Indeed, it was a series of killings which resulted in the death of seven people: three soldiers and four civilians.
First, an Ozar Hatorah Jewish school was the target of an armed attack, then the police announced that the individual had assassinated the soldiers a few days before.
Mohammed Merah was recognized as being the executor of these acts. The man was already known to the police for several different crimes and he was on file with the intelligence services after his travels in particular to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Ten years later, the people of Toulouse still remember the facts, and pay tribute to the victims by organizing a ceremony in the presence
of Emmanuel Macron, the President of the French Republic, but also Isaac Herzog, the Israeli Head of State. The French, and more particularly the people of Toulouse, were present and around 2,000 people came to take part in this commemoration ceremony.