Garzon changes mind over Moroccan terror threat
21 July 2004, RABAT- Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon has apparently changed his mind over whether Morocco represents a terrorist threat to Europe, it was reported Wednesday.
21 July 2004
RABAT- Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon has apparently changed his mind over whether Morocco represents a terrorist threat to Europe, it was reported Wednesday.
Spain's foremost anti-terrorism judge told a Moroccan television network that the North African nation does not pose a terrorist threat to Europe.
In an interview on 2M television, Garzon denied Moroccan media reports that he had said up to 1,000 terrorists might be operating in different parts of Morocco.
"There was probably some confusion when I spoke of 100 small groups of perhaps 5-9 members apiece, and (said) such groups could be in Morocco as much as in European countries," he said.
Garzon made the remarks when he appeared before the inquiry examining the events surrounding the Madrid bombings.
On a visit to the Moroccan capital Rabat, Garzon praised the efforts of Moroccan authorities in combating terrorists and underscored that the nation does not represent a threat to Europe.
"In Morocco as in Spain, there are groups that engage in such terrorist activities, and it is important that states under threat work together, on prevention as well as investigation," Garzon said.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news