- Last week, the competent court in the Belgian capital Mehdi Nemmouche had already found guilty.
- He shot four people in May 2014 at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.
- The attack was the prelude to a whole series of Islamist attacks in Europe.
Less than five years after the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels, the main defendant has been sentenced to life imprisonment. This was decided by the responsible court during the night of Tuesday in Brussels, as the Belgian news agency Belga reported. Already on Thursday, the assassin Mehdi Nemmouche had been convicted. The attack killed four people.
The act was the first related to the terrorist Islamic State in Europe. The jury considered it proven that the now 33-year-old Nemmouche had shot dead an Israeli tourist couple, a Frenchwoman and a Belgian on 24 May 2014 in the Jewish Museum in the center of Brussels. Less than a week later investigators arrested the Frenchman in southern France. He was later delivered to Belgium.
The co-defendant Nacer Bendrer, also a Frenchman convicted of aiding and abetting, was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment on Tuesday night.
Starting point of a terror series
During his arrest Nemmouche had among other things a Kalashnikov here, which was wrapped in the flag of the terrorist group ISIS, which is now called only Islamic State (IS). According to the investigators, he previously fought as a self-proclaimed "divine warrior" in Syria. Nemmouche and Bendrer had denied the act.
The attack on the Jewish Museum was the starting point of a whole series of attacks in Europe where there was an IS connection or the IS claimed.