ETA terrorists get 2,775 years for station plot

6th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

6 May 2005, MADRID — Two ETA terrorists who plotted to blow up one of Madrid's main railway stations have been jailed for a total of 2,775 years each.

6 May 2005

MADRID — Two ETA terrorists who plotted to blow up one of Madrid's main railway stations have been jailed for a total of 2,775 years each.

Gorka Loran and Garikoitz Arruarte planned to put two bombs on a train between Irun and Madrid.

It was due to have gone off when the train reached Chamartin station in the capital on Christmas Eve 2003.

Loran's device was planted on the train. But Arruarte was detained on his way to the station by police with another bomb hidden in a suitcase.

After Arruarte's arrest, police stopped the train and the device planted by Loran was discovered.

The Audiencia Nacional, Spain's supreme court, found that even though the two ETA terrorists had intended the bomb to go off when there were no passengers on board the train, it could still have gone off when there had been passengers present.

The court found the bomb could have injured a large number of people. There were 184 passengers on the train when the bomb was planted.

It is the highest sentence ever handed down for terrorists convicted of attempted murder. Each received a jail term for each person on the train.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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