The brother of a gunman who killed four Jews and three soldiers in France‘s Toulouse in 2012 was sentenced to 20 years in jail on charges of “association with criminals in connection of a terrorist enterprise”, Paris criminal court ruled on Thursday.
After five weeks of heated hearing, Abdelkader Merah was found guilty of terrorism conspiracy but had no direct link with the series of shootings that targeted Jews and soldiers five years ago, the court decided.
The 35-year-old was suspected of being the brain of the attacks. He admitted he was present when the scooter used in the three attacks was stolen. But he claimed he knew nothing of his brother’s criminal intentions.
Mohamed Merah, a self-styled Islamist, shot dead three paratroops from ethnic minorities and four Jewish in south France in March 2012. He was killed during police assault at his apartment in Toulouse.
Fettah Malki, a friend of Mohamed Merah who provided him with a machine gun and a bullet-proof vest, was also jailed for 14 year. He was accused of terrorist conspiracy.