French gunman's brother faces legal proceedings

Mohamed Merah's mother is expected to be released soon, police found explosives in his older brother's car.

March 24, 2012 03:53
1 minute read.
French police at scene of Toulouse standoff

French police at scene of Toulouse standoff 370 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


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.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

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.

Abdelkader and his girlfriend, whose name was not given, will be transferred to a detention center at the headquarters of the DCRI domestic intelligence agency in Paris and brought before a judge who will decide whether there are grounds for opening legal proceedings over possible links with Merah's attacks, the legal source said.

Police found explosives in a car Abdelkader owned on Wednesday, according to the public prosecutor leading the case, Francois Molins, and he was already known to security services for having helped smuggle jihadist militants into Iraq in 2007.

DCRI head Bernard Squarcini told the daily Le Monde on Friday that there was no evidence Merah belonged to any radical Islamist network and he appeared to have turned fanatic alone.

Yet investigators are still trying to establish if he had any logistical or ideological support or was a true "lone wolf."


Merah's brother, and a sister, were known to have studied the Koran in Egypt in 2010 and French police had in the past found links between them and a radical Islamist group based in southern France led by a Syrian-born Frenchman dubbed "The White Emir" by French media because of his fair hair and beard.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Clement Attlee
November 21, 2018
Former U.K. PM secretly took in Jewish refugee in 1939