Jewish Museum shooting suspect not fighting extradition

Summary

Mehdi Nemmouche, accused of murdering four people at Brussels’ Jewish Museum last month, will not fight extradition to Belgium, despite his lawyer’s previous announcement

Decision by end of June

French national Mehdi Nemmouche, arrested last month in Marseilles for the shooting death of four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, appeared in court yesterday for the first time. He told the Versailles court that he would not fight extradition to Belgium to stand trial as long as Belgium did not extradite him to any other country – specifically, Israel.

The 29-year-old Nemmouche is being held on suspicion of carrying out the shooting attack on 24 May inside the Jewish Museum of Belgium in downtown Brussels that killed three people on site, with one dying later in hospital. A visiting Israeli couple died in the attack, as did a museum volunteer and a museum employee.

His lawyer had previously announced that Nemmouche would fight Belgium’s extradition request, but that turned out not to be the case. France will now consider the extradition and is expected to announce its decision by the end of the month.

photo: An artist’s rendering of Mehdi Nemmouche, who appeared in a French court yesterday