French Court Questions Mohamed Merah's Brother, Abdelkader, after Murder of 4 Jews in Toulouse
A French anti-terrorism court has for the first time interrogated the brother of Mohamed Merah, the Toulouse gunman who killed seven people last March including three Jewish children and a rabbi. Since then, Merah's brother Abdelkader has been in jail, while authorities conducted an investigation into his role in the murders. Judges wanted to know if the elder Merah provided logistical support to his younger brother, including whether he helped steal a Yamaha T-Max scooter used as the getaway vehicle in the killings. The three separate attacks by Algerian-born Merah shocked France and raised uncomfortable questions about race relations in the country and possible failures among its intelligence agencies. They have also fuelled fears of an increase in attacks by radical Islamic militants. The interrogation of Merah's brother comes shortly after Jacque Beres, the co-founder of French international aid group Medecins San Frontieres, reported after a trip to Syria that many extremists who have joined the fight against the regime of Bashar al-Assad say they consider Merah an inspiration.