Monday, 07 January 2019
Concerning the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer, Alexander Strens’s mother expects Nemmouche “to explain himself, and say what he did, who his accomplices are, and what his motives are,” his lawyer, Mr. Dalne, said on Monday upon arrival at the Brussels Court of Assizes for the jury selection. Against Jewish Museum’s lawyer, Mr. Masset, who believes that “debates and trial would have progressed more quickly had they been held before a criminal court,” Mr. Dalne finds it logical that the case be judged by a jury. “If we do not judge acts of this type before a court of assizes, then we will never judge any.”
There is no doubt that the oral hearing will be “emotion loaded” for jurors. “The goal of terrorism is to strike blindly. Anyone can project himself into the situation of those unfortunate people whose sole fault was to have been there at the wrong time, and for some,” to be of the ‘wrong’ persuasion, Mr. Masset says.
The jury selection began around 9:30. The discussions will begin Thursday. The accused will be interrogated for three days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer, both French citizens, aged respectively 33 and 30, are accused before the Brussels Court of Assizes to be authors or co-authors of the 24 May 2014 terrorist attack in the Jewish Museum of Belgium, located Rue des Minimes in Brussels.
It took the lives of four people: Miriam and Emmanuel Riva, Israeli tourists; Dominique Sabrier, a museum volunteer, and Alexander Strens, a museum employee.
The Brussels Times