Deadlock for terror inquiry on anniversary eve

7th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

7 March 2005, MADRID - A leading figure in the conservative Popular Party has refused to support the recommendations of the all-party commission on the Madrid terrorist attacks.

7 March 2005

MADRID - A leading figure in the conservative Popular Party has refused to support the recommendations of the all-party commission on the Madrid terrorist attacks.

Four days before the first anniversary of the bombings in which 191 people were killed, the Popular Party general secretary Angel Acebes has said his party will not support the recommendations put forward by all the other parties involved in the inquiry.

The inquiry was set up to find out what happened before and after the bombings of four commuter trains by Islamic extremists.

Critics including victims’ groups have claimed the commission has been hampered by party political squabbling.

Just as the commission was due to mark the first anniversary of Spain’s worst terrorist attack, the PP has refused to agree to conclusions put forward by other groups.

Mariano Rajoy, PP leader, is due to meet other party representatives on Tuesday to try to reach a deal to smooth the row, but it looks increasingly unlikely.

The PP relieves the commission should not be closed and should continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the attacks.

But it is keen to prevent any criticism of the then PP government, led by former prime minister Jose Maria Aznar.

The Socialists won a shock election victory three days after the bombings after the public began to believe the PP were deliberately blaming the Basque terrorist group ETA for the attacks, in order to deflect blame for Spain’s support for the US invasion of Iraq.

Evidence quickly pointed to Islamic terrorists as the real culprits of the bombings.

It was widely thought Spain’s support for the Iraq invasion provoked the attack.

Spanish troops were withdrawn by the present Socialist administration within a month of taking power in April last year.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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