Leading suspect arrested in Madrid massacre probe
29 July 2004, MADRID - Police investigating the Madrid terrorist bombings have arrested a leading Islamic terrorist suspect, the justice ministry said Thursday.
29 July 2004
MADRID - Police investigating the Madrid terrorist bombings have arrested a leading Islamic terrorist suspect, the justice ministry said Thursday.
Semaan Gaby Eid, who is Lebanese, was arrested in Carabanchel, a working-class suburb of Madrid, on Wednesday, a ministry statement said.
He was carrying a false Portuguese identity card in the name of Gabriel Salim Aoun, which said he was born in Mozambique in 1960.
Police have established that several hours before the attacks he visited the house in Chinchon, about 30 kilometres (18 miles) from Madrid where police believe the bombs were put together.
He is thought to have had close links to the 'mastermind' behind the attacks, Jamal Alumidan, known as 'The Chinese' as well as other leading members of the Islamic terrorist group which carried out the bombings, in which 191 people were killed.
Sources said he had also been seen at the flat in Leganes, a suburb of Madrid where seven of the terrorists blew themselves up on 3 April, killing a police officer. Among the dead was Alumidan.
Eid was also said to have been in contact with the Spanish ex-miner Jose Emilio Suarez Trashorras, who is in jail accused of selling the explosives to the bombers.
Eid is also known to have previous convictions for drug smuggling and other offences.
Under Spanish law, the judge heading the inquiry, Juan del Olmo, has three days in which to lay preliminary charges against the suspect or he must be released.
A total of 19 people, most of them Moroccan, are being held over the attacks, including two outside Spain.
Six suspects are on the run and seven others blew themselves up in a Madrid apartment in April to avoid capture by the police.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news