Probe into forged papers in plane crash scandal

9th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

9 July 2004, MADRID — Spain's Attorney General ordered an investigation Friday into claims documents relating to the bodies of soldiers killed in the country's worst peacetime military tragedy were forged.

9 July 2004

MADRID — Spain's Attorney General ordered an investigation Friday into claims documents relating to the bodies of soldiers killed in the country's worst peacetime military tragedy were forged. 

The investigation relates to the deaths of 62 Spanish soldiers who were killed when the Ukrainian Yak-42 aircraft they were travelling in crashed over Turkey.

The soldiers were on their way home from a peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan when the tragedy happened in May last year.

But it emerged that 22 of the bodies were wrongly identified.

The scandal led to the dismissal of two generals Thursday.

But relatives of those who died have demanded that the then defence minister Federico Trillo resign as an MP. He has so far refused.

The current defence minister Jose Bono was forced to admit a series of blunders which led to the tragedy, when he read a report on the scandal to the Spanish parliament Wednesday.

The ageing Nato-operated plane was not checked properly and had a number of faults.

Post-mortems on the dead soldiers were rushed so they could receive state funerals.

Cándido Conde-Pumpido, the Attorney General, said the investigation showed support for towards the relatives of those who died.

However, he denied that this would prejudice in any way the legal responsibility of the investigators to look into the matter impartially.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]


Subject: Spanish news

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