Madrid massacre inquiry cannot see ETA files

16th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

16 July 2004, MADRID — The inquiry into the Madrid massacre has been banned from seeing secret files about how ETA members were followed in the days after the attacks, the government said Friday.

16 July 2004

MADRID — The inquiry into the Madrid massacre has been banned from seeing secret files about how ETA members were followed in the days after the attacks, the government said Friday.

The Socialist administration said for reasons of "state security" it could not agree to these files were made public for the inquiry.

Inquiry members had asked for these secret files to be supplied to the hearings.

However, the government is to allow the inquiry to see three photocopies of three reports with "specially sensitive" areas blanked out.

María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, government vice-president and spokesman, said the inquiry had asked to see all reports about how ETA members were followed between 11-13 March.

She said official confirmation that existing ETA members were being monitored could not be disclosed.

But she said the inquiry could see a report from the police intelligence squad which related to the monitoring or identification of ETA suspects.

The parts of the report which will be hidden will relate to details of suspects, sources and places where the investigations were taking place.

She said if they did not consider photocopies were good enough, they could ask to see the original, but this will only be shown to the inquiry president Paulino Rivero.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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