French gunman's brother faces legal proceedings

March 24, 2012 02:13

PARIS - The brother of an al-Qaida-inspired gunman who killed seven people in France faces legal proceedings along with his girlfriend as police investigate the case, but his mother should soon be released from custody, a legal source said on Friday.

Mohamed Merah's mother, his elder brother Abdelkader and that brother's girlfriend were detained by police on Tuesday in the southern city of Toulouse as negotiators sought their help trying to persuade Merah to turn himself in.

Merah, 23, was shot dead by a sniper on Thursday after a gun battle with police that ended a more than 30-hour siege at his Toulouse apartment during which he admitted to killing three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three soldiers in three separate attacks in the preceding days.

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