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Spain judge charges 29 for Madrid train bombings

[JURIST] A judge in Spain charged 29 individuals Tuesday for their involvement in the March 2004 Madrid train bombings [JURIST news archive]. Judge Juan del Olmo charged five men with all 191 deaths in the bombings and 1,755 attempted murders, while 24 others were charged as accomplices. Over 100 suspects have been arrested throughout the investigation into the 10 simultaneous bombings, which allegedly were carried out by Islamic radicals, and most of those charged are of Moroccan descent. The trial is expected to begin in early 2007 and will last approximately one year. The indictments, 1500 pages in total, are available in four parts: part 1 [PDF], part 2 [PDF], part 3 [PDF], and part 4 [PDF].

A trial began [JURIST report] earlier this year in Italy for suspected Madrid bombings mastermind Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed [CBC profile] who allegedly helped to orchestrate [JURIST report] the Madrid attacks and later sought to recruit more extremists in Milan, Italy. A trial also began [JURIST report] last November for 13 alleged members of the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group [CDI profile] who were charged with conspiracy in the 2004 Spain bombings. BBC News has more. From Spain, El Mundo has local coverage.

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