Judges uphold Moroccan's jail term for Madrid bombs

6th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

An appeal court in Rabat rejects a Moroccan’s claims that he was not involved in the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed 200 people and upholds his 20-year sentence.

RABAT – An appeals court on Wednesday upheld the 20-year sentence of a Moroccan man over his alleged involvement in the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed nearly 200 people, a court source said.

An anti-terror tribunal originally sentenced Abdelilah Ahriz, 29, in December 2008. He has denied any involvement and pledged to appeal.

He faced charges of "formation of a criminal gang to carry out a terrorist act" and complicity in the destruction of means of transport. Prosecutors requested a life sentence.

On Wednesday, Ahriz's defence team argued that there was a lack of evidence to link their client to the Madrid bombings.

Ahriz was arrested in January 2008 for his alleged participation in the Madrid attacks which killed 191 people and left another 1,811 injured.

Spanish investigators passed on information to Moroccan prosecutors that led to his arrest.

Spain asked Morocco to try Ahriz, since it does not extradite its nationals.

AFP / Expatica

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