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Prosecutor Opens Investigation Against Toulouse Killer’s Brother

March 25, 2012

The Paris prosecutor formally opened today an investigation against Abdelkader Merah, the brother of the man who killed seven people in and around Toulouse, on charges of complicity in the murders and the financing of terrorism, his office said in a statement.

The prosecutor said “serious and corresponding signs” showed Merah, 29, may have helped his brother Mohamed Merah in the killings. Between March 11 and 19, Mohamed Merah killed three paratroopers, three children and one teacher at a Jewish school. He was shot dead by the police on March 21.

Abdelkader Merah’s wife and the men’s mother were freed by the prosecutor who said that “at this point” of the investigation the prosecution had no charges to be held against them, according to the statement.

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