The trial of three Spanish army officers charged with wrongly identifying the bodies of 30 of the 75 victims of a plane crash has opened in Madrid.
In 2003 a Russian built YAK-42 carrying 62 Spanish peacekeepers and 13 Ukrainian crew travelling from Afghanistan to Spain crashed into a fog shrouded mountain in northwest Turkey. Prosecutors claim a Spanish military team went to the crash site and randomly gave names to 30 sets of remains. The families were handed the wrong bodies, which have since been exhumed. The victims’ families wanted former Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and his Defence Minister Federico Trillo in court to answer questions. The judge refused. It has since emerged that the plane took off with two serious mechanical faults and was hired by the Spanish military because it was cheap.