Massacre judge faces inquiry over custody error
11 May 2006, MADRID — One of the 29 people arrested in connection with Spain's worst-ever terrorist attack was released because the judge heading the injury did not extend his custody limit.
11 May 2006
MADRID — One of the 29 people arrested in connection with Spain's worst-ever terrorist attack was released because the judge heading the injury did not extend his custody limit.
Moroccan Saed El Harrak was arrested in May 2004 after his phone number was found among the papers of the Islamic radicals behind the train bombings that killed 191 people in Madrid.
Judicial sources said the National Court judge directing the probe, Juan del Olmo, did not extend El Harrak's detention after two years in custody.
Del Olmo off sick, prosecutor Teresa Palacios had no choice but to order the Moroccan's release.
But Del Olmo could face judicial disciplinary proceedings over the error.
Sources said Palacios imposed strict security measures to ensure that El Harrak does not flee, requiring him to check-in twice a day with authorities and ordering police to watch his residence around the clock.
The suspect, who is accused of collaborating with a terrorist organization, had to surrender his passport and is barred from leaving the country.
El Harrak's telephone number was found in the debris of an apartment in suburban Madrid where seven of the train-bombers blew themselves up in April, 2004, as police surrounded the building.
Phone records also showed that he talked to several of those men in the days before the bloodbath.
In a judicial summary made public last month, the bombings were blamed on the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, believed to have links to al-Qaeda.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news