The lawyers of Mehdi Nemmouche, the alleged perpetrator of the shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May, have raised questions about the source of photos of their client published in the press. The lawyers aired their concerns on Friday before the Brussels Council Chamber. Sébastien Courtoy and Mr. Henri Laquay argue that some of these images are fake and demanded the source. “The press has released photos of the perpetrator, taken from the museum’s CCTV. He is wearing sunglasses on some, but not on others. Yet it is the same image of him filmed at the museum entrance,” said, on Friday, Sébastien Courtoy, Mehdi Nemmouche’s lawyer. “I therefore believe that the photos showing him without sunglasses are fake and I want to know where they come from. From the media or the investigators? We discussed this issue at the hearing and the answers I received are spectacular. I will explain this before the Assises Court,” he added.
Mehdi Nemmouche is charged with murder in a terrorist context. He is suspected of opening fire at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on May 24th and killing four people.
He was arrested in Marseille, France, a week later, and found to be in possession of a Kalashnikov rifle, a revolver and a hat similar to the one seen on the killer when he was filmed at the scene. He was then transferred to Belgium and is currently in prison in Bruges.
On Friday, the defence chose not to request their client be released on bail. The Council Chamber will decide late Friday afternoon whether the accused should be detained further or not.