Suspect Found Guilty in Brussels Jewish Museum Killings

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Police officers stand guard outside the Justice Palace in Brussels, Thursday, during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

A Belgian court says a Frenchman suspected of working for the Islamic State group in Syria has been found guilty of gunning down four people at a Jewish museum in 2014, making him the first European foreign fighter to be convicted of terror offenses.

The presiding judge at the Brussels criminal court, Laurence Massart, read the verdict issued Thursday night that said “Mehdi Nemmouche is guilty of committing four terrorist murders.”

An Israeli couple and two staffers at the museum in Brussels were killed on May 24, 2014.

The 33-year-old Frenchman sat impassively while the verdict was read.

Nemmouche could face up to 30 years in prison. The court is expected to impose the sentence Friday.

An alleged accomplice, Nacer Bendrer, was found guilty of supplying the revolver and assault rifle used in the slayings.