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Alleged Brussels Jewish Museum killer softens anti-extradition stance

Políce at the Brussels Jewish Museum aftre the shootings
Políce at the Brussels Jewish Museum aftre the shootings Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Suspected Brussels Jewish Museum gunman Mehdi Nemmouche said he would not oppose extradition to Belgium if Brussels pledged not to hand him on to another country. A French court decreed that the decision will be taken on 26 June.

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The 24 May shooting claimed the lives of four people, a Belgian, a French national and two Israelis.

In a hearing of about 45 minutes Nemmouche said he would not oppose extradition to Belgium if he has a commitment that he will not be extradited from Belgium to “another country”.

But his lawyer, Apolin Pepiezip, said Nemmouche would prefer to face trial in France, as he had previously argued.

“My client is French, he was arrested in France and one of the victims is French,” he told the court.

Nemmouche, who went to fight alongside Islamist militias in Syria after ending a five-year jail sentence in 2012, was picked up on a coach in a bus station in Marseille six days after the massacre.
 

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