Monday 22 December 2014

Man charged with museum murders

Published 30/07/2014 | 12:19

An artist's sketch depicts Mehdi Nemmouche, right, as he stands next to a police agent during his court appearance at Versailles Court of Appeal. (AP)
An artist's sketch depicts Mehdi Nemmouche, right, as he stands next to a police agent during his court appearance at Versailles Court of Appeal. (AP)

The man suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May has been charged with 'murder in a terrorist context'.

One day after his extradition from France, federal police said that Mehdi Nemmouche had also been interrogated by a counter-terrorist unit.

Nemmouche agreed to his extradition only after he received sufficient guarantees he would not be turned over to a third country. Nemmouche, 29, had fought with Islamic extremists in Syria.

On May 24, a lone gunman walked into the Jewish Museum in the centre of Brussels, unpacked a Kalashnikov rifle, killed four people with a burst of fire, packed up and walked away.

Nemmouche was arrested at a Marseille bus station a few days later carrying weapons resembling those used in the killings.

Press Association

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