Thursday, March 17, 2016

France: Brother of Toulouse Jewish School Killer to Face Terrorism Charges

Via Haaretz:
A brother of Mohamed Merah — the Islamic radical who killed seven people in attacks on a Jewish school and French paratroopers in 2012 — has been ordered to stand trial in France on terrorism charges.

The prosecutor's office said Abdelkhader Merah, 33, is accused of involvement in an Al-Qaeda-related group that plotted attacks against Jews and soldiers and obtained weapons and stole a scooter for his brother's rampage in the southwestern French city of Toulouse.

Some authorities initially suspected a lone-wolf attack by Mohamed Merah, but Abdelkhader was given preliminary charges of being an accomplice to murder in the attacks only three days after his brother died in a shootout with police. He has been in custody ever since.

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