Terror suspects with French ties remanded in Spain

17th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

MADRID, Dec 16 (AFP) - Spanish authorities on Thursday released one of five suspected Islamic radicals arrested earlier this week and remanded the others in custody as part of an operation designed to clamp down on terrorist groups, judicial sources said.

MADRID, Dec 16 (AFP) - Spanish authorities on Thursday released one of five suspected Islamic radicals arrested earlier this week and remanded the others in custody as part of an operation designed to clamp down on terrorist groups, judicial sources said.

Judge Baltasar Garzon remanded four of the five picked up following raids under Operation Nova on houses in the northern cities of Vitoria and Alcaniz, the sources said, as investigations continue into possible links the radicals may have with those behind the deadly March 11 Madrid train bombings.

One of the five was believed to be planning attacks in Spain to protest Madrid's backing for the US-led intervention in Iraq under the conservative government of Jose Maria Aznar which was ousted three days after the Madrid blasts that killed 191 people.

Khakid Zeimi Pardo, a Spanish national of Moroccan origin, was one of those remanded on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organisation.

He is believed linked to a cell which planned to blow up several buildings in Madrid earlier this year, including Real Madrid's Bernabeu Stadium.

Also remanded was Moroccan Mohamed El Ouazzani and Algerians Abdelkader Lebik, alias 'Hamou Lebik', and Brahim Amman.

Algerian Abdallah Ibn Moutalib Kaddouri was released on bail on condition he reports weekly to a judge.

The Algerians are thought to have links to an Islamic radical cell dismantled last year in Barcelona and which was itself linked to a French-based group arrested in late 2002 accused of preparing an attack against the Russian embassy in Paris.

The Algerians were "setting up a new terrorist cell in Spain," according to the Spanish interior ministry.

© AFP

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