A suspect awaiting trial for the Brussels Jewish Museum killings has been identified as a torturer and rapist who took delight in beheading a baby, it has been claimed.

A French journalist, Nicolas Hénin, who was once held hostage in Syria, has identified 29 year-old Mehdi Nemmouche as one of his kidnappers and given a chilling insight to the brutal killings he has carried out.

Nemmouche is a French jihadist who stands accusing of killing four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on 24th May earlier this year. A Kalashnikov-wielding gunman killed three people at the scene, Emanuel and Miriam Riva, a middle-aged couple from Tel Aviv, who were on holiday as well as a French woman. The fourth victim, a young Belgian man, Alexandre Strens, who worked at the museum was critically injured. He died in hospital in June.

The attacker on the Jewish Museum in Brussels was armed with a Kalashnikov

The attacker on the Jewish Museum in Brussels was armed with a Kalashnikov

French national, Mehdi Nemmouche was arrested at the Saint-Charles railway station in Marseille; police believe that Nemmouche returned to France after fighting for Islamist rebels in the Syrian Civil War last year. Despite the alleged evidence that Nemmouche confessed to the killings on tape, he denies all charges.

As the media await Nemmouche’s trial, Mr Hénin is claiming that Nemmouche bragged of raping and then killing a young mother, before decapitating her baby.  In a magazine interview, Mr Hénin quotes Nemmouche as boasting: “It’s such a pleasure to cut off a baby’s head.” Mr Hénin also accused Nemmouche of torturing Syrian prisoners and taking pleasure in their suffering as well as beating him while he was imprisoned.

Mehdi Nemmouche is accused of being a sadistic rapist and killer

Mehdi Nemmouche is accused of being a sadistic rapist and killer

Commentators are divided between agreeing that Mr Hénin description of all-night beatings going on until morning prayers tallies with other witnesses’ accounts and accusing Mr Hénin of prejudicing Nemmouche’s trial.

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