Verdict In: 4 Guilty in Madrid Bombings- 1 Acquitted

The Spanish police are on hight alert as the verdicts were read out today in the Madrid bombing case.
FOX News reported:

MADRID, Spain — One of the accused masterminds of the 2004 Madrid terror bombings was acquitted of all charges Wednesday by a Spanish court in the culmination to a politically divisive trial over Europe’s worst Islamic militant terror attack.

Rabei Osman, a 35-year-old Egyptian (pictured), allegedly bragged during a wiretapped phone conversation that the attacks, which killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,800, were his idea.

Four of the 27 other defendants in the bombings were found guilty of murder and other charges in the day of carnage etched in Spain’s collective memory and known simply as 11-M, much like the term 9-11 in the U.S.

Osman was in jail in Italy on other terrorism charges and planned to watch Wednesday’s session via video conference.

Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez read out the verdicts in a hushed courtroom, with gun-toting police and bomb-sniffing dogs on guard outside.

Most of the suspects are young Muslim men of North African origin accused of acting out of allegiance to Al Qaeda to avenge the presence of Spanish troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, although Spanish investigators say they did so without a direct order or financing from Usama bin Laden’s terror network.

The BBC reported that three of the men were sentenced to “thousands of years” in jail:

A Spanish court has sentenced three men to thousands of years in jail for their part in the Madrid train bombings of March 2004…

Twenty-one were found guilty of a least one charge and seven were acquitted. One person was acquitted earlier.

The defendants, 27 men and one woman, 19 mostly Moroccan Arabs and nine Spaniards, had faced charges including murder, forgery and conspiracy to commit a terrorist attack.

Spanish investigators say the accused were part of a local Islamist militant group inspired by al-Qaeda, but had no direct links to the terror organisation.

Seven suspected ringleaders died in a suicide blast in a Madrid apartment three weeks after the attacks.

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