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Mehdi Nemmouche during his trial
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Brussels court convicts Frenchman of murder in Jewish museum attack
Belgian court convicts French citizen who fought with Islamists in Syria for killing four people at the 2014 terror attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels
French citizen Mehdi Nemmouche was convicted of "terrorist murder" by a Belgian court on Thursday for shooting dead four people in a Jewish museum in Brussels after returning from Syria in 2014, federal prosecutors said.

 

 

Sentencing after the two-month-long jury trial over what is seen as the first attack by an Islamist militant with European citizenship after returning from Syria will be announced at a later date.


The Jewish museum in Brussels (Photo: AP)
The Jewish museum in Brussels (Photo: AP)
 

Nemmouche, 33, admitted to carrying a Kalashnikov, a revolver and ammunition similar to that used in the museum shooting. But his lawyer said his client did not pull the trigger in the attack that killed an Israeli couple and two museum staff, Belgian public broacaster RTBF said.

 

Outside the Brussels court, as it convicts Frenchman of murder in Jewish museum attack (Photo: Reusters)
Outside the Brussels court, as it convicts Frenchman of murder in Jewish museum attack (Photo: Reusters)

 

Nemmouche told the court he was "tricked" while his lawyer said video footage of the shooting was faked and his client was framed by hit men sent to kill two agents of Israel's Mossad - assertions that outraged the victims' families and survivors.

 

European Jewish Congress chief Moshe Kantor on Thursday condemned as a disgrace "the use of reprehensible tactics and conspiracy theories (of) the defence lawyers."

 

The shooting attack in May 2014 was the first to underscore the threat posed by radicalised Muslims returning to their home countries in Europe after fighting with Islamist factions in Syria's civil war

 


פרסום ראשון: 03.07.19, 22:05
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