Bombing inquiry rejects opposition demands
16 March 2005, MADRID-The parliamentary commission into the Madrid bombings has rejected demands from the centre-right opposition party to carry on investigating the attacks.
16 March 2005
MADRID-The parliamentary commission into the Madrid bombings has rejected demands from the centre-right opposition party to carry on investigating the attacks.
Instead, the all-party inquiry will hear each party´s proposals on 19 April and hopes to reach conclusions by the end of June.
The right-wing Popular Party (PP) claimed the inquiry had failed to get to the bottom of what happened before and after the attacks on 11 March 2004 and should continue investigating.
The bombing of four commuter trains by Islamic extremists killed 191 people and left more than 1,500 people injured.
The inquiry was supposed to establish what happened and how another attack could be prevented.
But after eight months of deliberating, it has only come up with relatively trivial conclusions, asking for more Spanish police to be placed in Arab and Islamic countries, updating security arrangements in north Africa and elsewhere and hiring more investigators, interpreters and Arabic translators.
The commission has also been heavily criticised by relatives of the victims for being mired in political infighting.
The PP wanted to hear from some of the leading suspects who allegedly sold explosives and the head of the Central Operations Unit, the elite police squad which was heavily involved in monitoring many terrorist suspects before the attacks.
Most members of the squad have already appeared to give evidence before the inquiry.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news