Police escape inquiry overMadrid massacre 'mistakes'
29 September 2004, MADRID –There will be no internal investigation into possible mistakes by the security forces before the Madrid massacre until the inquiry into the terrorist atrocity is over, Spain's Minister of Interior said Wednesday.
29 September 2004
MADRID –There will be no internal investigation into possible mistakes by the security forces before the Madrid massacre until the inquiry into the terrorist atrocity is over, Spain's Minister of Interior said Wednesday.
Antonio Alonso said he would wait until the judge leading the investigation, Juan del Olmo, had concluded the inquiry.
Alonso made the statement after it emerged that since the start of 2003 police kept a "sporadic" watch on Sarjane ben Abdelmajid Fakhet, nicknamed the Tunisian, who led the Islamic terrorists who planted bombs which killed 191 people and injured more than 1,500.
This revelation emerged in a police report presented to the all-party inquiry which is examining the events surrounding the terrorist attacks. This is separate from the criminal investigation led by del Olmo.
It also emerged police watched the house near Madrid where the bombs which were used in the attacks were made.
The police surveillance stopped the day before the attacks on 11 March, the report said.
At the time, police reached the conclusion the house was occupied by workers not terrorists.
There were also apparent contradictions in the evidence of police and the Attorney General in relation to the theft of dynamite from a mine in Asturias in northern Spain.
Some of those involved in the theft were said to be known police informers, but police did not know that they were involved in selling the explosives to a terrorist gang.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news