Brother of Toulouse Attacker to Stand Trial on Terrorism Charges

Abdelkhader Merah may be convicted for providing support to his brother, who killed a rabbi, three Jewish schoolchildren and three paratroopers in 2012.

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Mohammed Merah, who killed three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012.
Mohammed Merah, who killed three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012.Credit: AP

A French court has ordered the brother of an extremist who killed seven people in Toulouse to stand trial on terrorism charges.

Mohamed Merah attacked a Jewish school and French paratroopers in the southwestern French city in 2012.

He murdered three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers in Toulouse and the nearby city of Montauban over nine days before being killed by police.

A lawyer for his brother, Abdelkhader Merah, said Friday a Paris appeals court has upheld a decision by investigating judges to send him to trial for providing logistical and material support for his brother's rampage.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted of complicity to murder in relation to a terrorist undertaking.

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