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Frenchman Sentenced to Life for 2014 Brussels Jewish Museum Terror Attack

Frenchman Sentenced to Life for 2014 Brussels Jewish Museum Terror Attack

Tuesday, 12 March, 2019 - 09:30
Belgian Public Prosecutors are seen during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 11, 2019. (Reuters)
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A French citizen was sentenced on Monday to life in prison on terrorism charges for the 2014 Brussels Jewish Museum.

A Belgian court found Mehdi Nemmouche guilty of shooting dead four people in the attack.

The families of victims and survivors of the attacks voiced relief at the end of a two-month-long jury trial dogged by controversy over what they denounced as conspiracy theories put forward by Nemmouche’s defense lawyers.

Nemmouche, 33, who staged the attack after coming back from Syria, spat out just that one short phrase ahead of the jury’s final deliberation on the length of his penalty on Monday.

Nacer Bendrer, another French citizen being tried as Nemmouche’s accomplice told the court, “I am ashamed to be here ... I am ashamed to have crossed paths with this guy. He is not a man, he is a monster.”

Nemmouche was found guilty last week on four counts of "terrorist murder" for shooting dead an Israeli couple and two people working at the museum.

State broadcaster RTBF said Bendrer was sentenced to 15 years in prison for supplying the revolver and assault rifle used in the May 24, 2014, killing.

The shooting was the first high-profile attack in Europe by a suspected foreign fighter and crystalized fears that extremists would return to sow terror at home.

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