Madrid bombing suspect ‘justified atrocity’
6 March 2007, MADRID – An intelligence officer told the Madrid bombing trial on Tuesday a leading suspect justified the attacks afterwards.
6 March 2007
MADRID – An intelligence officer told the Madrid bombing trial on Tuesday a leading suspect justified the attacks afterwards.
The agent, who has not been identified in court, said Jamal Ahmidan, known as The Chinese, told his brothers: ‘Two hundred thousand people die in Palestine and Iraq without anyone caring’.
He said he interviewed Youssef Ahmidan, the younger brother of Ahmidan on 26 March 2004 over two weeks after the bombings.
Youssef Ahmidan told police the last time he saw his brother was on 20 March when he and another brother condemned Ahmidan because they believed he played a role in the attacks.
Twenty-nine people are accused of playing various roles in the train bombings in which 191 people were killed and more than 1,800 were injured.
Meanwhile, the agent said the first clue after the bombings was the Renault Kangoo van which was discovered at a train station in Alcara de Henares.
It contained a cassette with Islamic references, but this was not concrete proof Islamic extremists had been behind the devastating bombings, said the agent.
He said a telephone card found in a bag led police to the mobile phone shop owned by Jamal Zougam.
He claimed this was the decisive clue because Zougam is said to have operated the mobile phones used as detonators.
However, he said it was not until seven Islamic suspects blew themselves in Leganes weeks after the attacks that police knew for sure that the bombings were the work of Islamic terrorists.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news