A court mix-up that allowed a Madrid bombing supect to be released from custody has sparked an outcry in Spain and protests from victims’ families.
It happened when the judicial team handling the case failed to apply for the power to hold Saed El Harrak longer than the maximum two year pre-trial period allowed. Victims’ group spokeswoman Pilar Manjon said that someone must be held responsible. An official inquiry is underway into the blunder. Now living at home in Madrid, the Moroccan is banned from leaving the region. He has had to hand in his passport and must report to police twice a day. He is one of 29 suspects charged in connection with the train attacks of March 11 2004 which left 191 people dead and over 1,700 others injured.