JIHADIST MEHDI NEMMOUCHE SENTENCED IN BRUSSELS TO LIFE
BelgiOn 05/30/2014, French national, 29-year-old Mehdi Nemmouche, was arrested, on 05/30/2014, at the Saint-Charles railway station in Marseille in connection with the Jewish Museum shooting 6 days earlier. . Mehdi Nemmouche is suspected to have returned to France from fighting for Islamist rebels in the Syrian Civil War in 2013 (see – Western-Jihadists). He has previously spent five years in prison where he is suspected to have been influenced by Islamic teachings.
Mehdi Nemmouche left for Syria only three weeks after being released from prison in 09/2012. If proven guilty, he will be the first European volunteer in the Syrian war who commits attacks upon returning to Europe. A number of items were recovered from the bag he was carrying while being detained, including a Kalashnikov rifle, a .38 Special revolver, nearly 330 rounds of ammunition for both weapons, gun parts, cameras, clothing, and a gas mask. A hidden file containing a 40-second video was discovered in one of the cameras; in it, Mehdi Nemmouche’s weapons are recorded and a voice, believed to belong to Mehdi Nemmouche by police, claimed responsibility for the museum shooting in an audio commentary.He was also said to have had a white sheet emblazoned with the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – I.S.I.S
Mehdi Nemmouche, who has Algerian as well as French citizenship, was resisting extradition to Belgium. He has denied the charges against him.
On 07/29/2014,Mehdi Nemmouche was extradited to Belgium. On Monday 03/11/2019 Mehdi Nemmouche was sentenced in Brussels Court to life imprisonment for killing four people in theanti-Semitic attack in Brussels in May 2014.
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