Entire terrorist suspect's lawyer's dossier stolen

The entire lawyer's dossier on Mehdi Nemmouche, the suspected terrorist facing trial at the Brussels Court of Assizes for the Jewish Museum killings in 2014, has been stolen from a lawyer's office.

The lawyer, Vincent Lurquin, is acting on behalf of a witness who heard the shots at the Jewish Museum in Brussels that led to four deaths.  The thieves broke into the lawyer's office via the cellar.  Two dossiers and the entire Nemmouche lawyer's dossier were stolen.  The theft happened yesterday evening.  The thieves left a fake Kalashnikov and baseball bat behind in the office.

Brussels prosecutors are investigating the incident and looking into the theft as well as threats directed at the lawyer.  Police are trying to establish the thieves' identity.

Ine Van Wymersch of the Brussels public prosecutor's office says everything points to this not being an ordinary burglary.  The second stolen dossier relates to Abdelkader Belliraj, who admitted six murders.  His alleged victims include Dr Joseph Wybran, who was gunned down at the Erasmus Hospital in Brussels. Belliraj later denied the killing. Dr Wybran was the head of the co-ordinating committee of Jewish organisations in Belgium at the time.

The theft shouldn't have any impact on the trial itself.

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