(JTA) — A Belgian policeman who was convicted of negligence for his actions while investigating the murder of four people in 2014 at the Jewish Museum of Brussels has appealed the sentence.
The officer received in 2015 a two-month suspended jail term for failing to process in time a tip by an informant who said he recognized the assault rifle that security camera footage shows was used in the May 24, 2014 shooting. He is scheduled to appear in October before an appeals court in a bid to prove he acted properly, the DH news website reported.
Mehdi Nemmouche, a suspected jihadist from northern France, is currently standing trial in Belgium for the killings, which he says he did not commit. He was arrested in southern France several days after the shooting in a random search aboard a bus heading toward the port city of Marseille. He was carrying weapons matching the description of those used in the attack.
Separately, in the city of Toulouse in southeastern France the first of several commemorative ceremonies was held Sunday for the seven victims of Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old Islamist who killed three French soldiers several days before he murdered four Jews at a Jewish school on March 19, 2012.
“The attack was a prelude to a national horror,” the chief rabbi of Toulouse, Avraham Weill, told the AFP news agency Sunday. “There is a before and after the attack,” he added, using an expression that is used for watershed events.
Hundreds of Frenchmen, including four Jews who were murdered in January 2015 in a shooting attack on a kosher supermarket, have died in numerous attacks by Jihadists since 2012.
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