Madrid massacre trial before end of year

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16 February 2005, MADRID- A Spanish judge expects to hold a mass trial of those accused of carrying out the terrorist attack on Madrid by the end of the year.

16 February 2005

MADRID- A Spanish judge expects to hold a mass trial of those accused of carrying out the terrorist attack on Madrid by the end of the year.

Judge Juan del Olmo said he hoped that a trial could be held in October this year of those accused of plotting the attacks which killed 191 people and wounded 1,500 others.

The judge also released thousands of documents in the investigation into last March's train bombings in Madrid, among them a letter from a suicide terrorist to his children urging them to follow in his footsteps.

Del Olmo lifted the secrecy previously covering the reports on the explosives, the fingerprints, the physical remains and the documents found during the investigation into Spain's worst ever terrorist attack.

The unsealed documents include the letters that Abdennabi Kounjaa, one of the seven terrorists who blew themselves up on 3 April in the town of Leganes as Spanish police closed in on them, wrote to bid farewell to his family.

In the missives, he asked his children to follow in the footsteps of Islamic fighters, adding, "That is what I expect of you."

The partial unsealing of the documents was undertaken by the judge to guarantee the right to an adequate defence for the accused terrorists.

Judicial sources say that the pre-trial preparations will be completed by the end of the year.

Currently, 74 people - two of them women - are implicated in the case, of which 22 are in jail and the rest are out on bail or fugitives.

With the one-year anniversary of the train bombings less than a month away, sources close to the investigation said that the risk remains that similar attacks might be attempted.

The sources added that "although all dates are significant" for the terrorists, 3 April - the anniversary of the collective suicide by the attack squad in Leganes - particularly stands out.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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