Madrid bombing suspect refuses to give DNA

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A suspected Islamist terrorist arrested in Morocco earlier this year has refused to provide a DNA sample to a Spanish judge.

19 December 2007

MADRID - A suspected Islamist terrorist arrested in Morocco earlier this year has refused to provide a DNA sample to a Spanish judge investigating whether he was involved in the Madrid train bombings on 11 March 2004.

Saad Houssani exercised his right to refuse to provide the sample during a visit to Rabat yesterday by Spanish High Court Judge Juan del Olmo, who suspects that the 38-year-old Moroccan national may have provided the ideological impetus for the attacks that killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800.

Houssani, who also goes by the names Mustapha Sebatoui and Nabil, was arrested by Moroccan police in March accused of participating in the May 2003 bombings in Casablanca. He is believed to be one of the founding members of the Moroccan Islamist Combatant Group (GICM), a terrorist organisation formed mostly from North African ex-mujahideen who fought in Afghanistan.

Given his profile and his connections to some of the Madrid train bombers - 21 of whom were convicted in Spain in October - Spanish investigators suspect that Houssani may have played a role in the attacks. They had planned to compare DNA samples taken in Morocco with evidence taken from buildings and vehicles used by the 11 March terrorists.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]

Subject: Spanish news

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