Lawyer: Frenchman's brother knew nothing of plot

NICOLAS GARRIGA SAMANTHA BORDES Associated Press Published:

PARIS (AP) -- A lawyer says a Frenchman suspected of helping his brother plot attacks against Jewish schoolchildren and paratroopers knew nothing about what was going on.

A French judge filed preliminary murder and terrorism charges Sunday against brother Abdelkader Merah on Sunday, whose younger brother Mohamed claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Abdelkader is in custody and has not spoken publicly. His lawyer Anne-Sophie Laguens said Sunday that "no one was aware of anything."

Laguens denied reports that Abdelkader was proud of his brother's actions.

Investigators looking into France's worst terror attacks in years believe Abdelkader helped prepare the killings and are investigating whether they were linked to an international network or worked on their own.