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Brussels Shooter Drops Appeal Against Extradition

Mehdi Nemmouche, jihadist accused of killing four people in May, 'satisfied' with extradition decision preventing trial in Israel.
By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
First Publish: 7/11/2014, 4:50 PM / Last Update: 7/11/2014, 6:09 PM

Gunman firing at victims.
Gunman firing at victims.
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A French-Algerian man suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels has dropped an appeal against his extradition to Belgium, his lawyer said on Friday.

Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, had filed an appeal against the June ruling that ordered his extradition from France, but his lawyer Apolin Pepiezep said he had decided not to go ahead with the challenge as he now considered the court's decision "satisfactory," because it contained
guarantees Nemmouche could not be sent to another country from Belgium.

The court ruled in June that Nemmouche, who spent more than a year fighting alongside radical Islamists in Syria, should be handed over to the Belgian authorities for killings "with a terrorist connotation."

According to Walla! News, Nemmouche's primary concern in fighting the extradition was not only to prevent prosecution in Belgium, but also against Israel, the home of two of his victims.

The legal team had reportedly received guarantees that Nemmouche would not be extradited to any country other than Belgium, but have not seen written evidence that that request was accepted by the court. 

Nemmouche was arrested on May 30 in the southern city of Marseille in a bus coming from Brussels during a random check by customs officials.

He had in his possession a revolver and a Kalashnikov rifle - the weapons believed to have been used in the shooting - as well as a portable camera with which he is thought to have attempted to film the attack.

Tel Aviv natives Emmanuel and Miriam Riva were killed in the May 24 shooting, as was a French woman and Belgian man.