Garzon 'ignored lack of evidence' on 9/11 case
29 June 2005, MADRID — Lawyers for men accused of Al Qaeda membership claimed investigating judge Baltasar Garzon was so determined to pursue a case linked to the 9/11 attacks he ignored a lack of evidence against their clients.
29 June 2005
MADRID — Lawyers for men accused of Al Qaeda membership claimed investigating judge Baltasar Garzon was so determined to pursue a case linked to the 9/11 attacks he ignored a lack of evidence against their clients.
Three of the 24 defendants in the Madrid trial are accused of aiding the Al Qaeda squad that carried out the 9/11 strikes on New York and Washington.
During closing arguments, the attorney for Ghasoub Al Abrash Ghalyoun, charged with having provided Al Qaeda with videotaped images of New York's World Trade Center, said Garzon indicted his client despite the "innocuous" content of the videos "because if he didn't, the connection with 9/11 would disappear".
Jesus Santaella recalled that the magistrate decided to indict Al Abrash in 2003 against the advice of prosecutor Pedro Rubira.
Rubira asked at the time for the accusations to be withdrawn yet is now asking for 74,334 years behind bars for the accused, despite admitting that "he has doubts" about the man's connection to the attacks.
"What could be the reason for this abnormal conduct of the judge? Perhaps that if he didn't bring Al Abrash to trial the connection with 9/11 would disappear?" Santaella asked rhetorically.
In addition, the lawyer of Mohamed Khair Al Saqqa, the brother-in-law of Al Abrash who allegedly delivered the videotape shot by his relative to purported Al Qaeda courier Mohamed Bahaiah, emphasized the "incongruence" of the accusation.
Luis Rodriguez Ramos recalled that Garzon ordered that his client be released after receiving a police report stating that there was no evidence against him, though this did not stop judge Garzon from ordering his trial anyway, even though he had failed to receive any request from prosecutor Rubira to bring the man to trial.
The lawyers for Waheed and Ahmad Kosaghi Kelani asked for their clients to be acquitted, claiming Rubira's failure to even mention them in his final summing up was due to a "tactical rejection of the accusation".
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news