France / 19-04-2012
A 21 year old youngster was arrested after scrawling hate signs glorifying Toulouse-murderer Muhammad Merah
On April 6th, the SNCF (The French traffic Transportation Company) submitted a complaint about the malicious destruction of some of its infrastructures. Hate signs that read "I love Muhammad Merah" were written along the rails. The investigators have now detained the perpetrator, a man aged 22.
Abd-El-Kader Merah, Muhammad Merah's brother, was accused by another brother of being an antisemite. But the new incident has awakened again the painful memory of the Toulouse murders. SNCF agents were surprised and shocked to find the said hate signs that contained the phrasing "I love Muhammad Merah" along the rails around the Gare du Nord train station in Paris and its suburbs. Soon, on April 6th, SNCF filed a complaint due to the willful destruction of infrastructures. The Ministry of Transport's regional sub-administration's department in charge of the hate signs is the department tasked with investigating this complaint's allegations. The investigators discovered in situ signatures that led them to a 22 year old person. After a week has elapsed, he was arrested again on Wednesday, April 11th, at his home in Blanc-Mesnil (Seine Saint Denis). During the search, the policemen confiscated 21 color spray cans, plenty of hate signs photographs on trains with his signature, a firearm, two alarm pistols, a box of pistol bullets and 70 grams of Cannabis (namely, Marijuana).
The young man, who undersigns his graffiti paintings as "Asto", admitted that he's the one who's responsible for the hate signs and for the graffiti inscription "I love Muhammad Merah", but he said that he did it when he was drunk and under the influence of Marijuana. Following the search, he was also accused of violating the law due to drugs and weapon possession, intentional destruction of public property and glorification of the crime of deliberate taking of human life. The homicidal actions perpetrated by Muhammad Merah do not cease to cause disturbing aftereffects. Recently, posters containing the following sentence were distributed: "Muhammad Merah, luck for France".