How bomb squad boss's career went up in smoke
15 December 2006, MADRID — The head of the Spanish police bomb squad who made a mistake over the explosives used in the Madrid massacre was sacked on Friday.
15 December 2006
MADRID — The head of the Spanish police bomb squad who made a mistake over the explosives used in the Madrid massacre was sacked on Friday.
Juan Jesús Sánchez Manzano, former head of Tedax, told the commission into the 2004 Madrid train bombings that nitro-glycerine was used.
But he was later forced to admit this was not the case.
Police unions had been pressing for his dismissal for some time, claiming he was not able to carry out the job.
The SUP union said Manzano "did not even have a basic level" of knowledge about how to deactivate bombs.
They claimed he had made a series of mistakes going back to 2003 when he failed to give officers information about ETA bombs discovered in Burgos, northern Spain.
However, it was his conduct with connection to the Madrid train bombings which finally led to his exit.
Manzano claimed nitro-glycerine had been a component of the bombs used by Islamic extremists to blow up four train carriages.
But there was no trace of this component found.
He was named head of the bomb squad first by the former Popular Party government and his present contract was renewed by the socialist administration.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news