A Spanish court has found 21 people guilty over their part in the 2004 Madrid train bombings. 191 people died in Europe’s worst Islamic terrorist atrocity. Two of the ringleaders, Moroccan Jamal Zougam and Othman El Gnaoui were each sentenced to more than 40,000 years in jail for murder and belonging to a terrorist organisation.
Spaniard Emilio Suarez Trashorras, who helped supply the explosives, was also sent down for thousands of years, although under Spanish law they can only serve a maximum of 40 years. Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez also officially ruled out continuing claims ETA was involved saying there was no evidence suggesting the Basque separatist group played any part.
Seven others, including one of the alleged masterminds of the attacks, were acquitted of any involvement. Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, who is known as “Mohammed the Egyptian” heard the verdict via video link in a Milan courtroom as he is currently imprisoned in Italy for being a member of an international terrorist group. Those found guilty are expected to appeal against their sentences.