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Frenchman convicted to life in Jewish museum attack, tells jury 'life goes on!'

Updated : March 12, 2019 12:08 PM IST

French citizen Mehdi Nemmouche was sentenced to life in jail on Monday for shooting dead four people in a Jewish museum in 2014, telling the court "life goes on" in his last words to the jury. The families of victims and survivors of the attacks voiced relief at the end of a two-month-long jury trial dogged by controversy over what they denounced as conspiracy theories put forward by Nemmouche's defence lawyers. Nemmouche, 33, who staged the attack after coming back from Syria, spat out just that one short phrase ahead of the jury's final deliberation on the length of his penalty on Monday. Nacer Bendrer, another French citizen being tried as Nemmouche's accomplice told the court, "I am ashamed to be here ... I am ashamed to have crossed paths with this guy. He is not a man, he is a monster." The 12-person jury convicted Bendrer to 15 years in prison for acting as an accomplice. He was suspected of providing the weapon used in the shooting. The attack in May 2014 - the first by a Western European who fought with Islamist militant factions in Syria's civil war - highlights the threat posed by jihadist returning home.

Belgian special unit police officers secure the Palace of Justice during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 11, 2019. (Reuters)
Belgian special unit police officers secure the Palace of Justice during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 11, 2019. (Reuters)
Belgian police special unit officers secure the Palace of Justice during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 11, 2019. (Reuters)
Belgian police special unit officers secure the Palace of Justice during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 11, 2019. (Reuters)
Belgian special unit police officers secure the Palace of Justice during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 11, 2019. (Reuters)
Belgian special unit police officers secure the Palace of Justice during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 11, 2019. (Reuters)
Belgian police special unit officers secure the Palace of Justice during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 11, 2019. (Reuters)
Belgian police special unit officers secure the Palace of Justice during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 11, 2019. (Reuters)
Chairwoman of the court Laurence Massar is seen during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 12, 2019. (Reuters)
Chairwoman of the court Laurence Massar is seen during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 12, 2019. (Reuters)
Belgian Public Prosecutor Yves Moreau is seen during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 11, 2019. (Reuters)
Belgian Public Prosecutor Yves Moreau is seen during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 11, 2019. (Reuters)
Belgian Public Prosecutors Yves Moreau and Bernard Michel are seen during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 11, 2019. (Reuters)
Belgian Public Prosecutors Yves Moreau and Bernard Michel are seen during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 11, 2019. (Reuters)
Sebastien Courtoy, lawyer of Mehdi Nemmouche is seen during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 12, 2019. (Reuters)
Sebastien Courtoy, lawyer of Mehdi Nemmouche is seen during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 12, 2019. (Reuters)
French lawyer Julien Blot, representing Nacer Bebdrer is seen during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 12, 2019. (Reuters)
French lawyer Julien Blot, representing Nacer Bebdrer is seen during the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche and Nacer Bendrer in Brussels, Belgium March 12, 2019. (Reuters)
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