Mohammed Merah's Lawyer Describes Toulouse Suspect As 'Polite And Sweet'

21/03/2012 16:12

The lawyer for Mohammed Merah, the man suspected of killing seven people during a series of shooting sprees in southern France, has spoken of his shock that his client could be involved.

Christian Etelin, who has been defending Merah for eight years, revealed in an interview with BFM TV that his client had always been "polite and sweet", and only ever convicted of petty crimes.

Etelin told BFM TV he could have never suspected Merah to commit such “radicalisation, harshness, and absolute terror.”

He described the suspect as a “polite and courteous” young man, who today finds himself “in total contradiction with what was expected from him.”

The young man never referred to any Islamic comments in his presence. “But I learnt that two years ago he suddenly radicalised and left for Afghanistan," he said.

The lawyer has not been in contact with the suspect since February and was not aware of his premeditated attacks.

When asked by the journalists what he would recommend Mohammed Merah to do right now, the lawyer answered:

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