Spain’s trial of 28 suspects accused of involvement in the Madrid train bombings concluded on Monday with the defence’s closing arguments. The attacks on four commuter trains during morning rush hour on March 11, 2004 killed 191 people and injured nearly 2,000. They were the worst in Europe since the Lockerbie bombing over Scotland in 1988 in which 270 people died.
The attack was blamed on radical Muslims sympathetic to Al-Qaeda – the group claimed responsibility in a video found days after the blasts. All the accused, most of whom are Moroccan, have pleaded not guilty. The maximum time the eight prime suspects could serve for a terrorism conviction is 40 years. The other defendants face far smaller sentences if convicted on lesser charges. A verdict is expected in the autumn.