'Brains' of Madrid bombing denies taped phone calls

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26 February 2007, MADRID - The alleged brains behind the Madrid train bombings, in which 191 people were killed, denied it was his voice in phone calls taped by police.

26 February 2007

MADRID - The alleged brains behind the Madrid train bombings, in which 191 people were killed, denied it was his voice in phone calls taped by police.

Rabei Osman, known as Mohammed the Eqyptian, told the court on Monday conversations secretly tape-recorded by Italian police were not of his voice.

Answering questions from his own defence lawyer, Osman also referred to emails sent in Italy.

Osman said since he arrived in Europe, he had undergone a "tremendous crisis".

He said his marriage broke down and he had no money.

The court heard Osman lived in Spain, France and Italy before he was arrested in 2004 in Milan.

He was asked about conversations with his "friend" Mohammed Ray, who lived in Belgium and was arrested as part of the investigation into the Madrid attacks.

Osman said he talked to his friend about his marital problems and difficulties with money.

However, during one part he allegedly appeared concerned about his 'brothers' in Madrid, saying: "Now they are all in heaven..don't talk of these things by telephone."

His lawyer did not ask if this referred to some of the alleged bombers who later blew themselves up in a flat outside Madrid weeks after the train bombings after they were surrounded by police.

Osman was being questioned again over the phone calls made in Italy.

He had appeared as the first defendant when the trial started eight days ago.

The judge in charge of the case, Javier Gómez Bermúdez, ordered a recess to talk to the translators as they were not doing a simultaneous translation.

Twenty-nine people are accused of playing a variety of roles in the bombing of rush-hour trains in the capital in March 2004, in which 191 people died and more than 1,800 were hurt.

The trial continues.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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