Born deaf as a result of inbreeding between cousins. He and his family had fled poverty in Morocco and lived near Brussels, Belgium. His sister Rizlene met and began a relationship, of which her family very strongly disapproved, with Amir Nadeem, a Pakistani. When she became pregnant, her family's abuse escalated to the point of death threats against Amir and the baby. Rizlene married Amir during a trip to London, and they went into hiding upon their return to Belgium. Amir was soon found murdered in the clothing shop where he worked, and the Larabi family was strongly suspected, with Saber as the ringleader of the killing. His alibi hinged on his claim of being in Ghent at a deaf squash tournament at the time of the murder. During his trial, a string of 30 deaf witnesses, requiring many interpreters, eventually unravelled Saber's alibi, and Saber and his hearing brother were convicted of the murder and each sentenced to 20 years.
Deaf Murder Casebook, p.189-201.