Brussels Jewish Museum Murder Suspect Nemmouche to be Extradited
JNS.org – A French court has ordered that Mehdi Nemmouche, the suspect behind the Brussels Jewish museum shooting last month, should be extradited to Belgium, where he would be tried on murder charges, the BBC reported.
The shooting at a Brussels’ Jewish Museum on May 24 left four victims dead, including an Israeli couple.
According to French authorities, the 29-year-old French-Algerian terrorism suspect was arrested and found to be in possession of a Kalashnikov automatic rifle that was wrapped in the flag of the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), as well as a handgun.
Prosecutors say that Nemmouche spent a year in Syria fighting with jihadists before returning to Europe in March. The suspect had also spent several years in a French jail for armed robbery as well.
In a statement, World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder praised the French court’s decision, saying that he has “every confidence in the ability of the Belgian judiciary to conduct a fair and expeditious trial.”
“The truth will come out in the end, and justice needs to be done,” Lauder said.