Suspect in Jewish museum shootings charged by Belgian authorities
France extradites Mehdi Nemmouche who is accused of “murder in a terrorist context”
By Hannah McGivern. Web only
Published online: 30 July 2014
The Frenchman suspected of shooting four people dead at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May has been charged with “murder in a terrorist context”, the Belgian prosecutor's office told Agence France-Presse today, 30 July.
Mehdi Nemmouche, who is reported to have fought with jihadist groups in Syria, was extradited from France yesterday and immediately interrogated by the Belgian authorities, including the counter-terrorist unit of the Brussels police. Nemmouche denies charges of opening fire in the Jewish Museum on 24 May, killing two Israeli tourists and a French volunteer and fatally wounding a Belgian employee.
Nemmouche was arrested in Marseille on 30 May in possession of weapons matching those in the museum's security camera footage of the gunman. A court in Versailles ruled in June that the suspect be extradited in line with a European arrest warrant issued by Belgium after the attack. Nemmouche initially contested the decision, reportedly fearing that he would face trial in Israel, but dropped the appeal after guarantees that he would not be sent to a third country.
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