Abdelkader Merah found guilty of participating in a terrorist association, which led his brother to perpetrate the attack that killed 3 Jewish children, a teacher and 3 French paratroopers in 2012
Published on the 2nd of November 2017 in Haaretz
A French court on Thursday convicted a French-Algerian man of terrorism ties but found him not guilty of complicity in his brother's deadly attacks on a Jewish school and French paratroopers.
Abdelkader Merah was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Paris court Thursday after a tense and emotional trial over his younger brother Mohammed's killings of three Jewish schoolchildren, a teacher and three paratroopers in the southern Toulouse region in 2012.
That marked the first of what became a wave of attacks in France by homegrown Islamic extremists.
The trial was the only opportunity for families of victims to seek public justice because Mohammed Merah was killed by France's police special forces after a 32-hour televised standoff in Toulouse in March 2012, days after his deadly rampage.
Abdelkader Merah, now 35, was accused of radicalizing his younger brother but has always denied helping Mohammed prepare the attacks.
After eight hours of deliberations, the five professional magistrates convicted Merah of a lesser crime — taking part in a criminal terrorist association with his brother and others.