Garzon 'put words in my mouth': terror suspect
4 May 2005, MADRID — One of the suspects in the trial of 24 men accused being part of an Al-Qaeda cell in Spain claimed the investigating judge "put words in his mouth".
4 May 2005
MADRID — One of the suspects in the trial of 24 men accused being part of an Al-Qaeda cell in Spain claimed the investigating judge "put words in his mouth".
Abdulla Khayatta Kattan, known as Abu Ibrahim, said Baltazar Garzon, Spain's leading anti-terrorist judge, tried to get him to incriminate the leading suspect Abu Dahdah.
He went on to tell the trial in Madrid that when he appeared before Garzon to testify, the judge took evidence without a translator.
Abu Ibrahim also claimed during the interrogation Garzon asked him the same question seven times and "put words into my mouth".
He said Garzon interrupted him to say that he had to answer the questions he was being asked.
"Various times, he interrupted the tape to say you have to answer the questions," Abu Ibrahim told the court.
"I had to say what he wanted," he added.
Abu Ibrahim said eventually Garzon "put the word 'mujahadin' in my mouth.
He said he referred to a trip he made to Bosnia and said he had stayed at a house, though Garzon referred to this as a "camp", giving it terrorist connotations.
Abu Ibrahim said when he was arrested in February 2004, police showed him a number of photographs of alleged suspects known of which he recognised.
He said he wanted to help the investigation but when he asked about a translator as his mother tongue is Arabic, he claimed they said he need not worry about that.
The trial judge, Javier Gomez Bermudez, ordered that they would have to go over the period of Abu Ibrahim's interrogation by Garzon.
The court had heard Abu Dahdah, who is also accused of playing a part in the 9/11 attacks in the US, recruited Abu Ibrahim to wage jihad and sent him to a training camp in Bosnia with other Muslim extremists.
Six other suspects on trial were also allegedly sent to the same camp.
All 24 deny the charges of belonging to the Spanish cell of Al-Qaeda or helping to plot the 9/11 attacks.
The mass trial is the biggest so far of alleged Al-Qaeda suspects.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news