Madrid suspects held 'like Guantanamo accused'

14th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

14 September 2006, MADRID — Lawyers for the 29 accused of taking part in the Madrid bombings said on Thursday they will apply for the case to be delayed for two years.

14 September 2006

MADRID — Lawyers for the 29 accused of taking part in the Madrid bombings said on Thursday they will apply for the case to be delayed for two years.

Lawyers for those accused of carrying out Spain's worst terrorist atrocity, in which 191 people died, claim they are not receiving enough financial aid to do the job properly.

They want the country's leading court, the Audiencia Nacional, to consider their case.

In August, the justice ministry said each lawyer would be paid EUR 20,000.

But the lawyers representing the accused claim this amount means they cannot dedicate themselves to this case alone.

They claim this figure was worked out without consulting them and they have not been supplied with Arab interpreters and translators.

Eduardo García Pena, spokesman for the lawyers, said: "The only difference between Guantánamo Bay and what is happening with this case is that here they do not put any of our clients in orange uniforms or chains on their ankles."

He said none of the lawyers could do a proper job of defending their clients.

Pena added: "The justice minister Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar said he would stint on any resources in this case. He must have taken sufficient measures for the prosecution but not for us."

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Subject: Spanish news

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