The Madrid Spain train bombings were one if the worst terrorist bombings in Europe killing 191 people and wounding 1800. It has been referred to as Spain’s 911 and now the first verdicts are in for the 28 defendants. Four found guilty and one acquitted.
Rabei Osman, one of the accused masterminds of the 2004 Madrid terror bombings, was acquitted of all charges on Wednesday by a Spanish court after the first four of 28 defendants were found guilty of murder and other charges in the culmination to a politically divisive trial over Europe’s worst Islamic militant terror attack.
Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez read out the verdicts into the March 11 attacks in a hushed courtroom, with gun-toting police and bomb-sniffing dogs on guard outside. The backpack bomb attacks killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,800. (Fox News)
Guilty verdicts in Madrid terror trial
Eight of the defendants are prime suspects in the bombings and charged with murder. If convicted, they would each face sentences of nearly 39,000 years — calculated at 30 years for each of the 191 people killed in the bombings and 18 years, for attempted murder, against each of the wounded.
Despite the huge potential sentences, none of the defendants would serve more than 40 years, the maximum allowed under Spanish law, which does not permit the death penalty.
The other defendants face smaller sentences if convicted on lesser charges like membership in or collaboration with a terrorist group. (CNN)