Brussels Jewish Museum attack: Fake gun left for lawyer

The lawyer for an 81-year-old woman who survived a gun attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels has been burgled and left a threatening fake rifle, he says.

Vincent Lurquin’s laptop and files were stolen from his Brussels office, and in their place he found a baseball bat and replica Kalashnikov.

The “targeted” burglary comes weeks into the ongoing trial of the suspected gunman, Frenchman Mehdi Nemmouche.

Four people were killed in the anti-Semitic attack on the museum in 2014.

Mr Nemmouche denies charges of terrorist murder, and faces a life sentence if convicted.

He allegedly fought in a jihadist group in Syria’s war before returning to Europe and carrying out the museum slaughter.

One of the files stolen from Mr Lurquin relates to the trial. The lawyer said he would not be intimidated by Wednesday’s incident.

“We will continue to help [jurors] judge without hatred, without fear,” he told Belgian media. “Those who want to frighten us will not succeed.”

Prosecutors have opened an investigation for “burglary and threats using symbols”.

What is the trial about?

On 24 May 2014, a lone gunman entered the lobby of the Jewish Museum in Brussels. He opened fire on those inside and fled within a couple of minutes.

Prosecutors say Mr Nemmouche carried out the attack using a Kalashnikov rifle and a handgun. Two Israeli tourists, a French volunteer and a Belgian receptionist were killed.

He was arrested six days later in Marseille, in southern…

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