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Madrid train bombings trial starting February 15

[JURIST] The trial of 29 people suspected of involvement in the 2004 Madrid train bombings [JURIST news archive] will begin on February 15, according to an announcement from the Spanish National Court Tuesday. At least three of the 29 suspects [JURIST report] are expected to take the stand as a part of the trial, and the seven main suspects face jail terms of thirty years for each of the 191 killings on charges of murder and terrorism.

Spanish prosecutors said in November that they would seek jail terms for convicted suspects that will extend well beyond their lives when the case went to trial in February [JURIST report]. Spanish law required prosecutors to request jail terms amounting to thousands of years because Spain does not allow life sentences without the possibility of parole. Also in November, an Italian court convicted Egyptian Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed [CBC profile] for his role in the 2004 Madrid train bombings, sentencing him to ten years in prison. AP has more. BBC News has additional coverage.

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