Published On: Sun, Sep 7th, 2014

Freed French Hostage Says Jewish Museum Killer Tortured him in Syria

Nicolas Henin

Nicolas Henin, released with three other journalists last April, is accusing Mehdi Nemmouche, being held on suspicion of an attack on a Jewish museum in Brussels in May was among his captors for five of the 10 months he spent in the hands of a Syrian terrorist group, Sky News reported.

Henin wrote in the French magazine Le Point that he recognized Nemmouche from video and audio recordings shown to him after the latter’s arrest over the Brussels attack.

The victims in Brussels included two Israeli tourists, a French female volunteer and a Belgian employee at the museum.

Henin was held with American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, both beheaded by madmen from the Islamic State in recent weeks. He was released in April with a few French journalists held since June 2013.


“I do not know if other Western hostages were mistreated but I could hear him torture Syrian prisoners, ” Henin wrote in Le Point, adding, “When Nemmouche was not singing, he was torturing.”

Mehdi Nemmouche has been in custody since his arrest in France soon after the Brussels Jewish museum killing. The attack was a reminder to European governments that their citizens who join Islamists in Syria could also stage murderous attacks at home.

France says at least 900 French Citizens have participated in jihad in and around Syria, and several dozens of them have been killed.

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