How Paris trial shone light on violent, hate-filled world of Merah family


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At home the eldest brother Abdel hit his younger brother Kader. Kader in turn stabbed his older sibling. Kader tied up and hit the youngest brother Mohamed, while Abdel hit his little sisters Souad and Aïcha. Kader, too, hit his big sisters Souad and Aïcha, as did the youngest boy Mohamed. Their mother, Zoulikha, meanwhile defended the sons who beat her daughters. This was the Merah family whose youngest member Mohamed in March 2012 murdered seven people in south-west France, three soldiers and four Jews, including three children, before being killed by police.