Court hears Syrian helped plot 9/11 atrocity

6th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

6 May 2005, MADRID — A Syrian on trial in Spain over alleged involvement in the 9/11 attacks in the United States was formally named as a suspect in last year's Madrid train bombings.

6 May 2005

MADRID — A Syrian on trial in Spain over alleged involvement in the 9/11 attacks in the United States was formally named as a suspect in last year's Madrid train bombings.

Driss Chebli is one of 24 people in the dock in the Al-Qaeda trial, Europe's largest to date concerning suspects from the terror group and which opened on 22 April.

Three of the accused, including Chebli, face up to 62,000 years in jail for allegedly collaborating on plans for the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

Judge Juan del Olmo, investigating the 11 March bombings of four trains in the Spanish capital in which 191 people were killed, added Chebli to his list of suspects for those attacks -- the worst terrorist outrage on European soil — along with 10 others.

A further 25 people are already in custody facing charges for the attacks carried out by mainly Moroccan Islamic extremists.

With the latest 11 suspects a total of 101 people could face charges over the Madrid blasts.

Several of the suspects in the Al-Qaeda trial are believed to have links with some of the 11 March bombers.

One of the suspected Madrid bombers, Moroccan Jamal Zougam, is set to be called to the witness stand in the Al-Qaeda trial.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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