Brussels' Jewish Museum shooter 'too sick to stand trial'

Prosecutors told the press that the suspect may be suffering from a brain tumor.

September 21, 2017 16:05

A Belgian soldier guards the entrance of the Jewish Museum in central Brussels January 18. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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The lawyers of a man suspected of having shot dead four people at Brussels' Jewish Museum in 2014 said on Thursday (September 21) that their client was too sick to stand trial.

French national Mehdi Nemmouche, who was 29 at the time of the attack, was arrested in Marseille, France and later extradited to Belgium, where he is awaiting trial, which his Belgian lawyers Henri Laquay and Sebastien Courtoy said should take place in September next year.

Prosecutors say Nemmouche appears on security camera footage entering the Jewish museum armed with an automatic rifle, shooting inside and walking out on foot.

A 24-year-old museum worker, an Israeli couple and a French woman were killed in the attack.

Belgian prosecutors said Nemmouche had refused to talk to judges ever since he was arrested.

On Thursday, he attended a regular hearing and his lawyers asked for more extensive medical tests for their client, saying he might be suffering from a brain tumor.

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