Madrid train bombings organizer sentenced for 20 years

Madrid train bombings organizer sentenced for 20 years
# 19 December 2008 10:00 (UTC +04:00)
Madrid–APA. A criminal court in Morocco convicted a man of belonging to a terrorist group involved in the 2004 Madrid train bombings and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors requested that Abdelilah Ahriz be given a life sentence, saying witness testimony and DNA sampling proved Ahriz’ involvement in preparing the simultaneous train bombings that killed 191 people.
Ahriz had settled Spain in 1999 but left the country shortly after the bombings. He moved to Syria in 2005, where he was arrested and extradited.
Ahriz was previously acquitted by a Moroccan court for his role in the Madrid bombings, but authorities arrested him again in June to try him on broader charges.
The Madrid attacks organized by the terrorist organization linked with Al-Qaeda were among Europe’s worst ever killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800. Besides Ahriz 20 more terrorists were arrested for participation in these attacks.
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