Saturday 29 November 2014

Museum suspect extradition ordered

Published 26/06/2014 | 10:42

French anti-terrorist police officers guard the vehicle carrying Mehdi Nemmouche (AP)
French anti-terrorist police officers guard the vehicle carrying Mehdi Nemmouche (AP)

A French court has ordered the man suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum to be extradited to Belgium.

The Versailles court ruled Mehdi Nemmouche should be handed over to Belgian authorities who are investigating last month's museum attack.

Nemmouche, 29, had fought with Islamic extremists in Syria and was arrested carrying weapons resembling those used in the May 24 killings.

His arrest crystallised fears of European authorities worried about the large numbers of European radicals fighting in Syria - and especially the risk that they could return and stage attacks at home.

His lawyer Apolin Pepiezep said they would appeal against the extradition decision, arguing that the case should be handled in France because Nemmouche is a French citizen and was arrested in France.

Press Association

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