A Belgian court has convicted the French citizen Mehdi Nemmouche of “terrorist murder” for shooting four people dead at a Jewish museum in Brussels in 2014. Nemmouche is first European foreign fighter to be convicted of terror offences and could face up to 30 years in prison. The court is expected to impose the sentence on Friday. The shooting attack in the museum was the first to underscore the threat posed by Islamist militants returning to their home countries in Europe after fighting in Syria’s war. An Israeli couple and two staff members at the museum in Brussels were killed on 24 May 2014. The presiding judge at the Brussels criminal court, Laurence Massart, read the verdict issued on Thursday night. The 33-year-old Frenchman sat impassively. An alleged accomplice, Nacer Bendrer, was found guilty of supplying the revolver and assault rifle used in the murders. Nemmouche, described as a drifter by officials, spent five years in jail in France on robbery charges … [Read more...] about Brussels Jewish museum terror attack: French citizen convicted
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World By Dr Lorenzo Vidino George Washington University 15 December 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-46557305 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsStrasbourg shooting The gunman who killed three people in Strasbourg's … [Read more...] about Why known extremists can carry out terror attacks
Lawyers for a Frenchman accused of murdering four people in a terrorist attack at the Jewish museum in Brussels insisted Thursday their client was not the killer, as his trial nears its end. Defence lawyers said Mehdi Nemmouche, 33, was not to blame for the cold-blooded slaughter in May 2014, claiming he was caught up in some kind of plot involving the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad. Nemmouche, a serial criminal radicalised in prison who allegedly fought for jihadist groups in Syria, faces life in prison if found guilty of four counts of terrorist murder, with the jury expected to give its verdict on March 7. His lawyer Sebastien Courtoy said the prosecution case was "manipulated and bogus". Courtoy expressed doubts about videos claiming responsiblity for the attack that were found when Nemmouche was arrested, contesting expert evidence identifying the voice on tape as that of the defendant. "The man making the claim is linguistically handicapped. In five minutes he makes eight … [Read more...] about Defence sums up in Brussels Jewish museum terror trial
Peter Oborne 23 February 2019 9:00 AM 23 February 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Islamabad Six months into Imran Khan’s premiership and the new Pakistan prime minister has been plunged into his first major foreign crisis. Last week, a suicide bomber attacked Indian soldiers in Kashmir, killing more than 40 paramilitary troops. Simultaneously, another suicide attack massacred 27 members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard near the Pakistani border of Iran’s troubled Sistan and Baluchestan Province. Khan has spent the early months of his premiership attempting to strengthen links with neighbours. He stretched out the hand of friendship to India. He opened the Kartarpur corridor to allow the visa-free passage of Sikh pilgrims. He has warmed up Pakistan’s old alliance with Iran, while working hard to flatter her bitter enemy Saudi Arabia. In a series of whistle-stop tours of the Gulf, he has mended relations … [Read more...] about Who’s really to blame for Pakistan’s terror attacks?
Two French journalists on Thursday told a terrorism trial in Brussels that they had "no doubt" the accused Jewish museum killer is the man who imprisoned and tortured them in Syria. The former hostages came to Brussels to testify against Mehdi Nemmouche, who faces life in prison if convicted of four anti-Semitic murders in the Belgian capital on May 24, 2014. Nemmouche, a 33-year-old Frenchman, smiled several times as he looked at the journalists during their testimony. "I have absolutely no doubt about the fact that Mehdi Nemmouche who is present here was my jailer and torturer in Syria under the name of Abu Omar," former hostage Nicolas Henin told the trial. Henin described Nemmouche as a "sadistic, playful and narcissistic" man. He said Nemmouche expressed "admiration" for Mohammed Merah in the year after he shot dead a teacher and three children at a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse in 2012. Merah, a self-described Al-Qaeda sympathiser, also shot dead three French … [Read more...] about Alleged Brussels museum killer was ‘sadistic’ Syria jailer