Lying 'victims' of bombings paid compensation

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14 December 2004, MADRID - The judge leading the investigation into Spain's worst terrorist attack has said so-called "victims" who lied about being involved have been mistakenly paid compensation.

14 December 2004

MADRID - The judge leading the investigation into Spain's worst terrorist attack has said so-called "victims" who lied about being involved have been mistakenly paid compensation.

Judge Juan del Olmo made the claim in a report which criticised the treatment of the victims of the Madrid bombings.

Del Olmo said there was "lack of co-ordination" in the attention given to the victims and their relatives.

He called for a more united management system in a report on the investigation into the atrocity in which 191 people were killed and more than 1,800 people were injured in March.

The judge said victims had to recount their experiences several times and see a number of different officials. This was in addition to having to fill in a lot of paperwork.

Del Olmo said there were cases in which the supposed victims' links with the attacks were "doubtful". 

Some of these had been paid compensation, even though they were later proved to have not been victims of the attacks at all.

Del Olmo said there were 69 cases in which "victims" lied about their experiences.

Del Olmo made these comments on the eve of the appearance in court of three members of the Association of Victims of the 11 March attacks.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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