Sunday, March 25, 2012

Brother of a gunman killed in siege in southwestern France charged with complicity in 7 murders and 2 attempted murders.

French prosecutors have filed preliminary murder and terrorism charges against the brother of a gunman who killed Jewish schoolchildren and paratroopers.

An official from the prosecutor's office confirmed the charges of suspected complicity were handed to Abdelkader Merah, 29.

He has denied helping his 23-year-old sibling Mohammed, who was killed by police on Thursday, commit three deadly attacks that claimed the lives of seven people.

Preliminary charges under French law mean there is strong reason to suspect a crime was committed but allow magistrates more time to investigate.

Merah's younger brother Mohamed, 23, was shot dead by police after claiming responsibility for killing three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers earlier this month.

His older brother and his partner, who has since been released, were arrested on Wednesday after Mohammed Merah was shot at the end of a 30-hour siege at his flat in Toulouse.

A post-mortem examination showed he was hit by more than 20 bullets. Read More