Brother of Toulouse killer to face judges over attack

A special court will try the brother of Mohamed Merah, who killed four people outside a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse in 2012, for complicity in the attacks, judicial sources say.

Merah, a self-described Al-Qaeda sympathizer who had traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan, shot dead three Jewish schoolchildren, a teacher and three soldiers in Toulouse and nearby Montauban in a nine-day killing spree in March 2012.

This handout photo taken on March 25, 2012 shows a tv grab from French TV channel M6 of Abdelkader Merah, the older brother of the Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah. (AFP / M6 / Handout)
This handout photo taken on March 25, 2012 shows a tv grab from French TV channel M6 of Abdelkader Merah, the older brother of the Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah. (AFP / M6 / Handout)

His brother Abdelkader claimed he was unaware of the plans for the attacks, which prompted stepped-up surveillance of suspected Islamic extremists.

Three anti-terrorist judges also ruled that another alleged accomplice, Fettah Malki, should appear before the panel of expert judges.

Malki has admitted supplying Merah with an Uzi submachine gun and a bulletproof vest. Judicial sources say Malki too has denied any advance knowledge of Merah’s plans.

It is not immediately clear when the trial will start.

— AFP

 

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