Thursday 19 October 2017

2012 Toulouse attacks trial opens in Paris court

French police outside the apartment of terrorist Mohamed Merah in Toulouse (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, FILE)
French police outside the apartment of terrorist Mohamed Merah in Toulouse (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, FILE)

The first trial in the new era of home-grown jihadi attacks in France has opened in a Paris court under tight security.

The main defendant is a brother of Islamic radical Mohammed Merah, who killed seven people in attacks on a Jewish school and soldiers in the Toulouse region of southern France in 2012.

Mohammed Merah was killed in a shootout with police, and the trial of his brother Abdelkader is the first time a French court is publicly examining the attacks.

Abdelkader Merah, who is accused of complicity in terrorist murders, entered the courtroom on Monday dressed all in white, with a long beard and ponytail.

He faces life in prison if convicted. He denies any wrongdoing.

A verdict is expected in early November.

Three Jewish children, a teacher and three paratroopers, including two Muslims, were killed over nine days in the attacks, rocking France.

Similar jihadi attacks followed in subsequent years.

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