The former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar is due to appear before a parliamentary commission of enquiry into the Madrid train bombings on March 11 this year. Aznar is expected to be grilled on how his government handled the threat from Islamic terrorism before the bombings and why the Basque separatist group ETA was initially blamed for the attacks.
During an exclusive interview with EuroNews in September, Aznar said that his government told the truth in the aftermath of the attacks according to what the police had told them. “We made public information given to us by the security forces. And we did that from the beginning to the end. My conscience is clear on this.” he said.
A total of 191 people were killed and more than 1,900 injured when bombs exploded on packed rush-hour trains in the Spanish capital Madrid. Aznar’s government, which contributed troops to the US led war in Iraq, lost power in the elections that followed the attacks. Spanish authorities now believe that Islamist terrorists were behind the Madrid bombings.