FRANCE: Brother of Toulouse massacre terrorist sentenced to 20 years in jail for terrorism

The brother of a French-Algerian Muslim terrorist who murdered four Jews and three soldiers was sentenced to 20 years in jail on Thursday over a killing spree that heralded an era of Islamist-inspired attacks in which hundreds have since died in France.

A court in Paris ruled Abdelkader Merah guilty of terrorist offences.

He was found to have helped in the preparation of the terror attacks although he did not participate himself when his younger brother Mohamed Merah shot three Jewish children and one of their parents, and then three soldiers, in Toulouse in 2012.

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More than 240 people have been killed by Muslim terrorists in France since then.

Prosecutors had asked the court to sentence Abdelkader Merah to life behind bars, arguing that he was a religious radical who had mentored his younger brother and helped materially, notably in the theft of the scooter used in the murders at the Jewish Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, southwestern France.

The judge sentenced the terrorist to 20 years. A second Muslim terrorist, Fettah Malki, was sentenced to 14 years for his role in providing the gun, ammunition and a bullet-proof vest to the terrorist.

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Mohamed Merah, 24 at the time, was shot and eliminated when he jumped, guns blazing, from the window of an apartment where he was holed up a few days after his killing spree in March 2012.

 

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