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Muslim Terrorist Who Attacked Jewish Museum Killing 4 Held Westerners Prisoner In Syria For ISIS

September 6, 2014

Gizelaar Erkent Schutter Brussel

De man die ervan wordt verdacht dat hij vier mensen heeft doodgeschoten in het Joods Museum in Brussel, was bewaker van gijzelaars in Syrië. Een Franse journalist die gegijzeld is geweest door moslimextremisten heeft Mehdi Nemmouche herkend.

In het Franse blad Le Point zegt verslaggever Nicolas Hénin dat Nemmouche dreigde hem te martelen. De Fransman Nemmouche had zich in Syrië bij de jihadstrijders aangesloten.

Hénin zat vast met de Amerikaanse journalisten James Foley en Steven Sotloff, die recent door jihadisten van de Islamitische Staat zijn onthoofd. Hij werd in april vrijgelaten, samen met enkele andere Franse journalisten.

"Als Nemmouche niet zong, martelde hij", zegt Hénin in Le Point. "Hij was lid van een kleine groep Fransen die een stuk of vijftig Syrische gevangen moest bewaken, die in de cellen naast ons zaten. Die werden iedere nacht bont en blauw geslagen. Tussen het geschreeuw van de gevangenen door hoorde ik af en toe kreten in het Frans."


Hénin heeft lang gewacht voor hij zijn verhaal naar buiten bracht, uit angst dat hij Foley en Sotloff in gevaar zou brengen. Woensdag staat zijn hele verhaal in Le Point, het tijdschrift waar hij voor werkt.

Nemmouche werd uiteindelijk gearresteerd in Frankrijk. Hij was per bus onderweg naar Marseille toen er een drugscontrole werd uitgevoerd. Hij is inmiddels uitgeleverd aan België en zit daar in de gevangenis.

De moordpartij in Brussel wakkerde bij Europese regeringen de angst aan voor aanslagen door extremisten die terugkeren uit Syrië.



Belgium Jewish Museum Shooter was 'ISIS Torturer' in Syria

By AFP, Arutz Sheva Staff

First Publish: 9/6/2014, 7:49 PM / Last Update: 9/6/2014, 10:17 PM Freed hostage reveals gruesome details how terrorist who murdered four in Brussels 'tortured when he wasn't singing' in Syria.

A freed French hostage has said the terrorist behind the deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May was among his Islamic extremist captors in Syria, and was part of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terror group.

Writing on the website of his former employer Le Point magazine, Nicolas Henin said Mehdi Nemmouche, who has been extradited to Belgium and held for questioning, was his jailer between July and December 2013.

One of a group of four journalist hostages freed in April, Henin said the 29-year-old, who spent more than a year fighting in Syria, was a feared and violent figure.

"When Nemmouche was not singing, he was torturing," wrote Henin. "He was part of a small group of Frenchmen whose visits would terrify the 50-odd Syrian prisoners held in the cells nearby."

"Every night the blows would start raining down in the room, where I was also interrogated. The torture lasted all night, until dawn prayers."

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed that French intelligence services had "transferred elements to the judiciary that suggest (Nemmouche) may have been the jailer of our hostages," following a report in Le Monde newspaper.

A police source told AFP the freed hostages had recognized Nemmouche from photographs following his arrest.

Le Point said that Henin had kept quiet on Nemmouche's role in his detention to protect the Western hostages still being held by Islamic State terrorists, but decided to speak out following Le Monde's report.

Henin's lawyer Marie-Laure Ingouf told AFP that "Nemmouche was one of his jailers. All the hostages confirm this. They lived alongside him for several months."

The Frenchman of Algerian descent was remanded in custody in early August on charges of "murder in a terrorist context" over the May 24 shooting, which left four dead.

He is slated to appear on September 12 before a Brussels judge who will decide whether to extend his preventive detention.

The attack in broad daylight left an Israeli couple, a Frenchwoman and a Belgian man dead, and raised fears of terror attacks from foreign fighters returning from Syria.

Nemmouche was arrested in the southern French city of Marseille days afterwards.

He has been sentenced seven times in France, including for armed robbery, and has spent seven years in jail where he was notably found proselytizing Islam.

Henin in Le Point described Nemmouche as "a self-centred fantasist for whom jihad was finally an excuse to satisfy his morbid thirst for notoriety. A young man lost and perverse."

"He probably didn't join the Syria fight for some ideal, but above all due to a lack of recognition," echoed the journalist at a press conference.

Speaking after the four journalists' release, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said some of their captors spoke French. Western Governments have said hundreds of Westerners have joined extremist groups in Syria.

That point was illustrated in the recent brutal beheading of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, both of whom Henin says he was held captive together with for a period of time. The two were beheaded by an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist from England.



Excerpt from the UK Guardian:

Belgian Jewish Museum Jihad Murderer Served As Torturer For Islamic State

"...The man suspected of shooting dead four people at a Jewish museum in Brussels was an Islamic State militant who tortured his captives, a journalist held by the extremist group has said.

The claim appears to crystallise fears that Europeans who travel to fight with Isis in Syria and Iraq could return to commit atrocities at home.

The French journalist Nicolas Hénin said he was kidnapped in Syria in 2013 and released in April, having been held captive by Mehdi Nemmouche, who was arrested in June for the attack on the museum the previous month.

According to the weekly news magazine Le Point, Hénin said that "when Nemmouche wasn't singing, he was torturing".

The journalist, who was released in April, said: "[Nemmouche] was a member of a small group of French nationals whose arrival used to terrify about 50 Syrian prisoners held in cells near ours. Every night, blows would start raining down in the room where I myself had been interrogated. The torture went on all night long, until the dawn prayer."..."

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