Red Cross denied access to M-11 inmates
Spanish government has refused a request by ICRC to visit the 21 inmates jailed in Spain over the 11 March train attacks in 2004.7 July 2008
MADRID - The government has turned down a request by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to visit the 21 inmates jailed in Spain over the 11 March 2004 bomb attacks in Madrid that killed 191 people and injured over 1,700.
The ICRC is planning to visit all the prisoners being held in a dozen countries that have suffered attacks from Al Qaeda cells, according to sources close to the Geneva-based organisation.
Spain's refusal to open its doors to the investigation did not go down well with this global institution, which has so far declined to make an official statement.
For years the ICRC has been in confidential contact with the Spanish government over the global fight against terrorism. The ICRC regularly assists thousands of prisoners in Guantánamo, Afghanistan and Iraq.
[El Pais / Jose Maria Irujo / Expatica]