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Madrid train bombings trial enters second day

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Madrid train bombings trial enters second day


Day two of the Madrid train bombings trial has seen more of the accused denying involvement and condemning the blasts. Prosecuters claim Morrocan Yussef Belhadj was one of the principle planners of the attacks that claimed the lives of 191 people. In response to questions from his own lawyer he said he condemned all such violence.

He also denied being the spokesman for al-Qaeda in Europe. A similar defence was adopted by the third man to appear – Hassan el-Haski, also a Morrocan. The trial of 29 men opened yesterday with the appearance of Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, who denied being one of the masterminds and spoke out against the bombings.

Survivors and victims’ relatives are attending the hearings in large numbers. “I want justice, I want the verdict. What we have suffered, I want the guilty to suffer,” one victim said. The 20 Arab men and nine Spaniards are facing charges ranging from terrorist murder to stealing dynamite to sell to the bombers in exchange for drugs. The verdict and any eventual sentencing is not expected before October.

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