Torre Picasso, Bernabeu on terrorist target list
2 November 2004, MADRID-Islamic extremists planned bomb attacks on Madrid's most famous landmarks including the Torre Picasso and Real Madrid's stadium, a court heard on Tuesday.
2 November 2004
MADRID-Islamic extremists planned bomb attacks on Madrid's most famous landmarks including the Torre Picasso and Real Madrid's stadium, a court heard on Tuesday.
The Torre Picasso is one of the highest towers in the capital and was designed by the same architect who designed the World Trade Centre in New York.
It was among the targets chosen by a gang of Islamic radicals who appeared before Spain's anti-terrorism judge, Baltasar Garzon.
Other targets included the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, home of Real Madrid, and the Palacio de Exposiciones, the headquarters of the opposition conservative Popular Party, and two major railway stations.
Garzon was hearing evidence from 13 alleged extremists arrested last Thursday in raids across Spain.
The thirteen suspects were all held in connection with an alleged plot to bomb the Audiencia Nacional, Spain's national criminal court in Madrid, which hears all anti-terrorist cases.
Garzon was due to hear evidence on Tuesday from eight suspects held as part of this operation.
Earlier, he heard from five of those detained, who were serving prisoners of the time of their re-arrest last week.
He ordered four of the five suspects to be held in custody.
These were named as Mustapha Zanibar, Kunic Soubi, Aspri Smali and Mohamed Amin, who were held while they faced charges of membership of a terrorist group.
A fifth member of the same group was not ordered to be held in connection with this operation, but remains in jail.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news