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(AFP) The Frenchman accused of murdering four people at the Jewish museum of Belgium had links with other jihadists, including those behind the Brussels and Paris attacks, investigators say.
At least one lawyer wants to see if defendant Mehdi Nemmouche sheds more light on such links during his trial that opened last Thursday for the May 24, 2014 museum shooting spree.
Opportunity - Tuesday - Nemmouche - Defence - Brussels
The first opportunity may come on Tuesday when Nemmouche begins testifying in his defence in a Brussels criminal court.
Guillaume Lys, the lawyer for the French Association of Victims of Terrorism (AFVT), hopes his cross-examination may yield more detail about the November 13, 2015 Paris attacks.
Goal - Information - Links - People - Others
“Our goal is to be able to have more information about the links between these people and others whom we know and who committed other acts,” said Lys, who represents a civil party in the trial.
The following links have already been established by investigators:
Jewish - Museum - Attack - Nemmouche - Telephone
Weeks before the Jewish museum attack, Nemmouche was in regular telephone contact with Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the presumed mastermind of the Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more.
Abaaoud was killed in a police shootout days after those attacks.
Calls - Place - January - Nemmouche - Syria
The calls took place in January 2014, when Nemmouche had just left Syria and was preparing to travel to southeast Asia via Turkey.
His trip would take in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. The two men are believed to have fought together in Syria in 2013.
Brussels - Suicide - Bombings - People - Hundreds
When the Brussels suicide bombings killed 32 people and wounded hundreds on March 22, 2016, both Nemmouche and Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam were in the same prison in the Belgian city of Bruges.
Abdeslam had been arrested in Brussels just days before after being on the run since the Paris massacre several months earlier.
Investigators - Prison - Day - Bombings
Belgian investigators in the prison on the day of the bombings...
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