Jewish Museum attack – Main suspect Mehdi Nemmouche still in custody
Thursday, 02 July 2015
Mehdi Nemmouche, the main suspect in the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels, appeared before the Council Chamber in Brussels on Thursday, where he was ordered to stay in detention for 3 more months, revealed the federal prosecutor. Nacer Bendrer, the second suspect in the case, appeared last June 11th before the Council Chamber where his detention was also extended for 3 months. A 3rd potential suspect has still not been apprehended. The attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels took place on May 24th, 2014, and claimed 4 victims. Mehdi Nemmouche, the first suspect to be identified in the case, was arrested in Marseilles one week after the attack. He was found in possession of weapons similar to the ones used in the attack, ammunition, an IS flag, as well as a video where a man spoke off-camera saying he was responsible for the attack in Brussels, whilst filming his weapons and his clothes.
To date, the alleged shooter has made no statement to Belgian investigators. According to his attorneys, there is no conclusive evidence against him, but both the Council Chamber and the indictment division have extended his imprisonment repeatedly.
Nacer Bendrer, the second suspect in the case, was arrested in Marseilles at the beginning of December 2014. He shared a prison cell with Mehdi Nemmouche and the 2 men were in close touch a few weeks prior to the attack. Nacer Bendrer denies any involvement in the case but remains in prison.