French gunman's brother jailed pending probe

By REUTERS
March 25, 2012 12:07

PARIS - The brother of the French Jewish school killer who died in a hail of police bullets will be kept behind bars while he is investigated for possible complicity in the crime, the public prosecutor's office said on Sunday.

Abdelkader Merah, 29, arrested last Wednesday as police laid siege to his brother Mohamed's Toulouse apartment following the killing of four soldiers, three Jewish children and a rabbi, was placed under formal investigation after four days of preliminary interrogation.

"Police inquiries have produced grave and matching pointers that suggest his participation as accomplice in crimes relating to a terrorist enterprise is plausible," the Paris public prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The inquiry will seek to establish whether Abdelkader Merah, who state prosecutors say is already known to security services for helping to smuggle Jihadist terrorists into Iraq in 2007, should stand trial. His wife was released.


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