French citizen convicted over Brussels Jewish museum terror attack

Mehdi Nemmouche faces up to 30 years in prison for May 2014 murders of four people.

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A French citizen suspected of being a member of Islamic State has been convicted over a terror attack carried out in Belgium in 2014, reports The Guardian.

Mehdi Nemmouche was found guilty of terrorist murder over the shootings of four people at a Jewish museum in Brussels – the first attack carried out in Europe by a jihadist returning from fighting in Syria.

An Israeli couple, Miriam and Emmanuel Riva, a young Belgian employee of the museum, Alexandre Strens, and a French volunteer, Dominique Sabrier, all died in the attack.

Nemmouche, who appeared in court with his beard trimmed and wearing a navy blue jumper on Thursday, now faces a life sentence. The 33-year-old showed no emotion and stared into space as the verdict was delivered. Sentencing could be as early as today.

The 12 jurors, accompanied by the presiding judge and two other magistrates, had deliberated for more than two days in secret at a Brussels hotel before returning their verdict.

Nemmouche was found to have killed the four victims in cold blood in less than 90 seconds in the antisemitic attack on 24 May 2014. He denied the accusation, telling the court he had been “tricked”.

Read more of this report from The Guardian.

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