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France orders extradition of Jewish Museum shooting suspect to Belgium

09:58 27/06/2014

Versailles’ Court of Appeal ordered on Thursday the extradition to Belgium of Mehdi Nemmouche, the alleged perpetrator of the shooting at Brussels’ Jewish Museum on 24 May that left 4 dead.

Apolin Pepiezep, Nemmouche’s lawyer, said that the suspect would be lodging an appeal against the decision, arguing that the court in Versailles failed to guarantee that he would not be sent to "a third country", namely Israel.

Nemmouche, 29, was arrested on 30 May in Marseille, France, after he was discovered during a routine customs check on a bus arriving from Brussels in possession of firearms similar to those used in the Jewish Museum shooting.

The Court of Appeal in Versailles, west of Paris, said it took the decision in compliance with a European arrest warrant.

Written by Deborah Forsyth