Brussels Jewish museum shooter to be extradited to Belgium

( A French court has ordered that Mehdi Nemmouche—the suspected shooter at the Brussels Jewish museum last month—be extradited to Belgium, where he would be tried on murder charges, the BBC reported.   

The Jewish museum in Brussels. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Jewish museum in Brussels. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The May 24 shooting left four victims dead, including an Israeli couple.

According to French authorities, the 29-year-old French-Algerian terrorism suspect was arrested and found to be in possession of a Kalashnikov automatic rifle that was wrapped in the flag of the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), as well as a handgun.

Prosecutors say Nemmouche spent a year in Syria fighting with jihadists before returning to Europe in March. The suspect had also spent several years in a French jail for armed robbery.

In a statement, World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder praised the French court's decision, saying that he has "every confidence in the ability of the Belgian judiciary to conduct a fair and expeditious trial."

"The truth will come out in the end, and justice needs to be done," Lauder said. 

Posted on June 26, 2014 .