Painful wait for verdicts in train bomb trial
30 October 2007, MADRID - (AFP) - Survivors of Spain's worst terrorist attack are anxiously awaiting Wednesday's verdicts against 28 people accused of involvement in the March 2004 train bombings which killed almost 200 people.
30 October 2007
MADRID - (AFP) - Survivors of Spain's worst terrorist attack are anxiously awaiting Wednesday's verdicts against 28 people accused of involvement in the March 2004 train bombings which killed almost 200 people.
"We are in a state of waiting, full of anxiety. It has been a very long month," Pilar Manjon, who lost her 20-year-old son in the bombings and heads an association of the victims, told AFP.
Those directly affected by the attacks, which killed 191 people from 13 countries and injured 1,841 others, have stepped up their requests for psychological support recent weeks, she added.
The string of 10 bombs that exploded on four commuter trains in the early morning rush hour of March 11, 2004, leaving bodies and limbs scattered on railway tracks, were claimed in the name of Al-Qaeda.
Prosecutors have called for the 28 defendants to be sentenced to a cumulative total of 311,865 years in prison, although under Spanish law the longest jail term anyone can actually serve for terrorism is 40 years.
The accused are 19 mostly Moroccan Arabs living in Spain and nine Spaniards who were charged with providing the explosives used in the bombings.
All have pleaded innocent during the four-month trial which wrapped up on July 2.
There were originally 29 people on trial but prosecutors in June dropped charges against one of of the minor defendants for lack of evidence.
Subject: Spanish news