Aznar accused of failing to act on Islamic prisoners
26 October 2004, MADRID – A political row broke out Tuesday as the Socialist government accused the opposition Popular Party of failing to investigate how Islamic extremist prisoners were organising terrorist attacks from Spain's jails
26 October 2004
MADRID – A political row broke out Tuesday as the Socialist government accused the opposition Popular Party of failing to investigate how Islamic extremist prisoners were organising terrorist attacks from Spain's jails
The PSOE deputy Alvaro Cuesta claimed the Popular Party government led by former prime minister Jose Maria Aznar had instead held all Islamic terrorist suspects in the same prison in western Spain, from which they could organise attacks.
Islamic prisoners planned to bomb Spain's national court, the Audiencia Nacional, which hears all terrorism cases.
Leaders organised other members of the same cell from behind bars.
But the attack was prevented when 18 members of the same Islamic radical cell were arrested last week.
Cuesta, a member of the commission into the events surrounding the Madrid bombings in which 191 people were killed, made the allegations after it emerged the bombing was planned from inside Spain's jails.
The revelation provoked a crackdown by the authorities which will separate Islamic radicals in different jails away from Madrid, where many have been arrested.
Cuesta said: "The PP government did not investigate the Islamic terrorist cells in Spanish jails."
Instead, he claimed the former government had concentrated all suspects connected with Islamic terrorism in Topas prison, near Salamanca in western Spain.
He added the former government failed to act after two disturbances among Islamic suspects in the same jail in 2002 and 2003.
The PP has denied the accusation.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news