Police officer may have toexplain links to terror suspects
10 June 2004
MADRID – The Commission investigating the events surrounding the 11 March terrorist attacks is to examine the relationship between police and some of the suspects, it emerged Thursday.
It is considering asking a police inspector who used three of the suspects as informers to appear before the commission.
Manuel García Rodríguez is a police inspector in Aviles in Asturias, northern Spain.
The explosives used in the bomb attacks were stolen from a mine in this area by a gang who were allegedly in contact with the bombers.
The Spanish daily El Mundo claimed Thursday three suspects had a relationship with Garcia before and after the bombings.
The same suspects were also in contact with Jamal Ahmidam, nicknamed ‘The Chinese’, who was said to be the “mastermind” behind the attacks.
He died along with six other terrorists when they blew themselves up in a flat in Leganes, a suburb of Madrid on 3 April, while surrounded by police.
The suspects allegedly made calls to the police officer and the Islamic radical from the same telephone box just outside the police station in Aviles, the paper reported.
Joan Puig, a spokesman for the left-wing Catalan nationalist party ERC who will sit on the commissión, said the allegations were “surreal”.
He added it was possible the officer would be called to give evidence to the commission.
Emilio Olavaria, of the Basque nationalist party PNV, said all those who were relevant to the commissión should be called, including the officer.
The Commission is to examine the events before and after the attacks in a similar way to the inquiry into the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news