Innocent man finally leaves jail after 15 years
21 September 2006, MADRID — A man was released from jail after serving 15 years for four rapes he never committed.
21 September 2006
MADRID — A man was released from jail after serving 15 years for four rapes he never committed.
Moroccan Ahmed Tommouhi left a Barcelona prison this week after claiming his innocence throughout his prison term.
He was only released after the real rapist finally admitted he had carried out the crimes, the Spanish daily El Pais reported on Thursday.
Tommouhi had only been convicted on the words of victims and there had never been any DNA evidence to link him to the rapes.
He also bore a striking resemblance to the real rapist Antonio García Carbonell.
Tommouhi was never granted a pardon despite 'reasonable doubts' being raised over the case.
He was arrested after a wave of brutal rapes committed in 1991 in Barcelona and Tarragona.
Tommouhi was later convicted and jailed for 100 years for four rapes and a robbery.
A friend, Abderrazak Mou-nib, was also convicted, but later died in prison.
A later police report in 1993 said there was no evidence that either men knew of the attacks.
In 1995, police arrested Antonio García Carbonell, who was accused of a similar series of rapes.
One police officer who worked on both cases proved Carbonell was guilty of one case.
DNA evidence proved this theory in one case.
But DNA evidence had not been kept in the other cases so Tommouhi could not prove his innocence.
While in jail he refused to accept early release, arguing it would be an admission of guilty.
The former bricklayer, who came to Catalonia to make a new life, now still has to fight to clear his name.
He has only been released on conditional bail.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news