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Jewish Museum terror trial begins on 10 January

21:03 10/12/2018

Extra security measures will be in place around Brussels' Justice Palace in the new year, as the high-profile trial gets under way into the Jewish Museum terror attack.

French nationals Mehdi Nemmouche, 33, and Nacer Bendrer, 30, are accused of shooting dead four people at the museum on 24 May 2014 - two museum workers and an Israeli couple on holiday.

Jurors will be drawn at random on 7 January and the trial begins on the morning of 10 January. The hearings are expected to last six to eight weeks.

During the trial, Nemmouche and Bendrer will be detained at a unit near Brussels yet to be determined. Bendrer is currently in prison in France and Nemmouche in Leuze-en-Hainaut, near Tournai.

The federal prosecutor's office said the security measures would be identical to those deployed during the trial earlier this year of Salah Abdeslam over a shootout with police in Forest.

Car parks adjacent to the court building will be closed and some surrounding streets will be blocked to traffic - although the main road and tram route through Place Poelaert should be unaffected.

Nemmouche was arrested in Marseille a week after the attack, in possession of weapons, ammunition and an Islamic State flag. Bendrer was arrested in December 2014, also in Marseille.

A third man suspected of being involved in the attack was released without charge and a fourth, filmed on CCTV with Nemmouche in Brussels, has never been identified.

Written by The Bulletin