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France files charges against gunman's brother

One of the police vehicles carrying Abdelkader Merah, the older brother of the Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah, arrives at the anti-terrorist police headquarters in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret on March 24, 2012. Abdelkader Merah and his girlfriend were taken into custody after his brother was killed trying to shoot his way out of an apartment following a 32-hour police siege. The 23-year-old had murdered three Jewish children, a trainee rabbi and three soldiers in three separate gun attacks between March 11 and March 19 in the southwestern French cities of Montauban and Toulouse. Police and prosecutors have said that 29-year-old Abdelkader Merah is a radical Islamist and that traces of what could be an explosive material had been found in his car. Their mother was taken into custody on March 23 and was expected to be released today. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
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(CBS/AP) PARIS - French prosecutors have filed preliminary charges against the brother of a gunman who killed Jewish schoolchildren and paratroopers in attacks that stunned the country.

Abdelkader Merah, 30, has been charged with being an accomplice to murder, criminal association with a view to committing terrorist acts, and theft, reports CBS News' Elaine Cobbe.

He was moved from Toulouse to the Paris region earlier today. Meanwhile, his partner (who was detained with Abdelkader) was released early this morning.

Four anti-terrorism magistrates have been placed in charge of the case, as the investigation continues, Cobbe writes.

Merah's younger brother Mohamed was shot dead by police after claiming responsibility for killing three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers earlier this month.

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France's Israeli scouts carry white roses as people from all faiths march on March 25, 2012 in Toulouse, in the district where three children and one teacher were killed last week by self-proclaimed Islamist Mohamed Merah.
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