Brother of Toulouse Jewish School Terrorist to Face Terrorism Trial

PARIS (AP) -
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2R) and French President Francois Hollande (R) visit the graves of the Jewish victims who were killed last year in a terror attack in Toulouse, France, at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. November 19, 2013. Hollande has been on a 3-day official visit in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. November 19, 2013. Photo by Haim Zach/GPO/FLASH90 *** Local Caption *** ??? ?????? ?????? ?????? ? ???? ???? ??????? ????? ???? ??? ???? ??????? ????? ? ???? ????
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (2nd R.) and French President Francois Hollande (R.) visit the graves of the Jewish victims who were killed in a terror attack in Toulouse, France, at the Har Hamenuchos cemetery in Yerushalayim in 2013. (Haim Zach/GPO/Flash90)

A brother of Mohamed Merah, the Islamic terrorist who killed seven people in attacks on a Jewish school and French paratroopers in 2012, has been ordered to stand trial on terrorism charges.

Authorities initially suspected a lone-wolf attack. But after nearly four years of investigation, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Wednesday that Abdelkhader Merah, in custody since 2012, will be sent to trial in an antiterrorism court along with one other person.

The prosecutor’s office said Abdelkhader Merah is accused of involvement in an al-Qaida-related group that plotted attacks against Jews and soldiers. He is also accused of obtaining weapons and stealing a scooter for his brother’s rampage. Among the charges is complicity to murder.

Three Jewish schoolchildren, a Rabbi and three paratroopers were killed in the terror attacks.

Mohamed Merah died in a shoot-out with police.