Judge orders the release of 10 High Court bomb plot suspects

5th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

The High Court on Monday ordered the release of five suspected Islamist terrorists accused of plotting to blow up the court building after spending three-and-a-half years in custody without being sentenced.

5 February 2008

MADRID - The High Court on Monday ordered the release of five suspected Islamist terrorists accused of plotting to blow up the court building after spending three-and-a-half years in custody without being sentenced. The suspects all face a maximum sentence of eight years in prison for membership of a terrorist organisation, conspiracy to commit attacks and document fraud. Five of the suspects were released yesterday, but must report to the court each week, while the other five will not be freed as they are serving sentences for other crimes.

The 10 are among 30 suspects arrested as part of Operation Nova, a police investigation in 2003 and 2004 that uncovered a plot to drive a truck loaded with 500 kilos of explosives into the High Court. Their trial lasted from October until 15 January and all are awaiting sentencing.

In presenting the charges against them, investigating magistrate Fernando Grande-Marlaska said their intention had been to kill the up to 1,000 people who work in the court building and destroy evidence from the investigation into the Madrid train bombings on 11 March 2004, which were also perpetrated by Islamist extremists.

[Copyright EL PAÍS / Ángeles Espinosa 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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