Probe into Yak-42 plane crash reopened

23rd January 2008, Comments 0 comments

The High Court reprimanded one of its own investigating magistrates yesterday for shelving an investigation into the deaths of 62 Spanish soldiers in 2003.

23 January 2008

MADRID - The High Court reprimanded one of its own investigating magistrates yesterday for shelving an investigation into the deaths of 62 Spanish soldiers in a plane crash in Turkey in May 2003, and ordered the inquiry to be reopened.

The decision by the fourth chamber of the Penal Section of the Court means Investigating Judge Fernando Grande-Marlaska must begin anew the probe into the crash of the Ukrainian operated Yak-42 plane, which was bringing troops home from Afghanistan.

Siding with relatives of the dead soldiers, the court said that the judge had turned a blind eye to the irregularities surrounding the leasing of the flight by the Defence Ministry and its operation by a crew who had apparently not slept in 24 hours. The reopening of the case is likely to lead to Federico Trillo, the Popular Party defence minister at the time of the crash, being called to testify.

[Copyright EL PAÍS / MIGUEL GONZÁLEZ 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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