The Frenchman accused of murdering four people at the Jewish museum of Belgium had links with other jihadists, including those behind the Brussels and Paris attacks, investigators say.At least one lawyer wants to see if defendant Mehdi Nemmouche sheds more light on such links during his trial that opened last Thursday for the May 24, 2014 museum shooting spree. The first opportunity may come on Tuesday when Nemmouche begins testifying in his defence in a Brussels criminal court.Guillaume Lys, the lawyer for the French Association of Victims of Terrorism (AFVT), hopes his cross-examination may yield more detail about the November 13, 2015 Paris attacks. “Our goal is to be able to have more information about the links between these people and others whom we know and who committed other acts,” said Lys, who represents a civil party in the trial.The following links have already been established by investigators: Abdelhamid AbaaoudWeeks before the Jewish museum attack, Nemmouche was in regular telephone contact with Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the presumed mastermind of the Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more. Abaaoud was killed in a police shootout days after those attacks.The calls took place in January 2014, when Nemmouche had just left Syria and was preparing to travel to southeast Asia via Turkey. His trip would take in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. The two men are believed to have fought together in Syria in 2013.Salah AbdeslamWhen the Brussels suicide bombings killed 32 people and wounded hundreds on March 22, 2016, both Nemmouche and Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam were in the same prison in the Belgian city of Bruges.Abdeslam had been arrested in Brussels just days before after being on the run since the Paris massacre several months earlier.Belgian investigators in the prison on the day of the bombings heard the two men talk to each other with voices raised as their cells were not next to each other.Nemmouche told Abdeslam that a “Brahim” and a “Sofian” had died in the bombings at Zaventem Airport, the main international airport outside Brussels.For investigators, these first names correspond to those of the airport suicide bombers Ibrahim El Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui, also known as Soufiane Kayal.This information suggested to investigators that the pair knew the attackers.Published in Daily Times, January 16th 2019.