Madrid victims demand legal representation

5th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

5 August 2005, MADRID – The association for the victims of the Madrid bombings is demanding the right to its own legal representation in any 11 March trials.

5 August 2005

MADRID – The association for the victims of the Madrid bombings is demanding the right to its own legal representation in any 11 March trials.

11-M Association spokeswoman Pilar Manjón said the group would not accept the suggestion of Judge Juan del Olmo that it should be jointly represented with the Association of the Victims of Terrorism (AVT).

Speaking at a conference at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Manjón said: "If we don't get a collective representation, we will be represented individually. That is something no one can deny us."

Manjon's threat would mean that she and other victims would take on a lawyer each to represent their interests at the trial. Her son was killed in the attacks on the Madrid trains last year.

Del Olmo, who is heading the 11 March investigations, had proposed that Manjon's association and the AVT both be collectively represented by a lawyer for "trial economy".

Manjon, however, rubbished the judge's attitude, stating: "Trial economy when we are talking about a single extra lawyer and barrister more isn't such an issue."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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