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Suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum shooting drops extradition appeal

© Benoît Peyruck, AFP | Mehdi Nemmouche

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-07-11

Mehdi Nemmouche, the Frenchman suspected to have carried out the deadly shooting at Brussels’ Jewish Museum in May, has dropped an appeal against his extradition to Belgium, his lawyer said on Friday.

Nemmouche, 29, had filed an appeal against a June ruling that ordered his extradition from France, but his lawyer Apolin Pepiezep said he had decided not to go ahead with the move.

Pepiezep said that after consideration, he found the extradition ruling "satisfactory" because it contained guarantees that his client could not be sent to another country from Belgium.

"My client could not be extradited from Belgium to a third state without the agreement of the French authorities," he said.

Nemmouche had feared he could face extradition to Israel over the museum shooting, which claimed the lives of an Israeli couple, a Frenchwoman and a Belgium man.

The French courts are now free to authorise Nemmouche's extradition, which can take place within 10 days of a court order.

The shooting, which took place on May 24, was the first such attack in Brussels in the past three decades, and raised fears of the threat posed by those returning to Europe after fighting alongside Islamist militants abroad.

Nemmouche is believed to have spent more than a year fighting at the side of Islamist militants in Syria.

He was arrested on May 30 in the southern French city of Marseille in a bus travelling from Brussels.

A revolver and Kalashnikov rifle were found in his luggage – similar weapons to those used in the shooting – as was a portable camera.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-07-11

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