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Toulouse Gunman's Brother May Be Charged

Abdelkader Merah detained, may have been accomplice
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2012 9:05 AM CDT
Toulouse Gunman's Brother May Be Charged
An unidentified man with his head covered, believed to be Abdelkader Merah, sits between masked police outside Paris, Saturday, March 24, 2012.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

(Newser) – Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah may be dead, but French authorities are eying complicity charges for his brother, Abdelkader, reports Sky News. "Police inquiries have produced grave and matching pointers that suggest his (Abdelkader's) participation as accomplice in crimes relating to a terrorist enterprise is plausible," says a statement from the Paris prosecutor's office. The elder Merah, 29, has been in custody since Wednesday, and will be detained indefinitely as charges are weighed, notes the BBC. Abdelkader Merah's companion, variously described as his wife or girlfriend, had also been held since Wednesday, but was released earlier today. (Read more Abdelkader Merah stories.)

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