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Suspect in Jewish museum shooting refuses to be extradited

Mehdi Nemmouche allegedly killed three people when he opened fire on a Jewish museum in Belgium on May 24.

By Aileen Graef

PARIS, June 4 (UPI) -- Mehdi Nemmouche, the suspect in the Jewish museum killings in Brussels, said Monday that he refuses to be extradited to Belgium for trial.

Lawyers for the 29-year-old said that their client refuses to leave France and will fight to stay in the country.

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Prosecutors say Nemmouche carried out the attack, which killed three people, after returning from Syria where he stayed for a year after spending five years in a French prison.

He has been detained on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and possession of weapons in relation to the attack.

Nemmouche was arrested in Marseilles on Friday.

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