Spain: Suspects get 40,000 years for Madrid train bombings.

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Three out of eight top suspects in the 2004 Madrid train bombings were on Wednesday given maximum jail terms of thousands of years in prison for their role in the coordinated attacks on the Madrid commuter trains that killed 191 people and injured nearly 2,000. A total of 21 out of 28 people on trial were found guilty of involvement in the 11 March 2004 bombings.

…Seven of the 28 defendants were acquitted, including the main suspect and alleged bombing mastermind Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, also known as “Mohammed the Egyptian”. Ahmed was extradited to Spain from Italy in 2004 and has been sentenced by an Italian court to eight years in jail for links to Muslim militant groups in Europe. Jamal Zougam, one of the leaders of the Islamist cell who was accused of planting the bombs, was sentenced to 30 years for each of the 191 victims and 20 years for each of the injured, and 12 years for belonging to a terrorist cell. Under Spanish law, he can only serve a maximum of 40 years in prison. Spaniard Emilio Suarez Trashorras, who was found guilty of supplying the bombers with dynamite, also received a sentence of over 35,000 years in jail.

Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez ruled out the Basque separatist group ETA’s involvement in the deadly bombings…The judge announced compensation for victims of the attacks ranging from 30 thousand euros per victim to 1.5 million euros.The victims were divided by ‘groups’ depending on the severity of their injuries.

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