Belgian prosecutors probe theft at attack lawyer's office

Evidence is presented at the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche at the Justice Palace in Brussels, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Nemmouche, 33, is charged with gunning down an Israeli couple and two museum workers with a revolver and an assault rifle on May 24, 2014. (Didier Lebrun/Pool Photo via AP)

BRUSSELS (AP) — The suspect in a shooting attack at the Brussels Jewish Museum says he had nothing to with an apparent attempt to intimidate a lawyer involved in his trial and is demanding that court officials be left alone.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a suspected French jihadi charged with "terrorist murder" over the 2014 slaying that killed four people, said Thursday that the intimidation attempt is a "catastrophe" for his case.

Investigators are probing the theft Tuesday of a computer containing Nemmouche's case file from lawyer Vincent Lurquin. A baseball bat and false assault rifle were left on the lawyer's desk.

Nemmouche said: "I ask that that all the magistrates and all the jurors be left alone."

He said: "I have absolutely nothing to do with this theft, which I strongly condemn."

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