Moroccan convicted of Madrid link
By James Copnall
BBC News, Rabat

A Moroccan man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for links to the group 
that carried out the 2004 Madrid bombings, killing 191 people.

Hicham Ahmidan was convicted for what the prosecution called providing 
logistical support to the bombers.

Mr Ahmidan's fingerprints were found in cars used by the bombers, who included 
his cousin.

The prosecution had initially asked for a 20-year sentence. Mr Ahmidan's 
lawyer, Ali Ammar, has filed an appeal.

He said Mr Ahmidan has already been found not guilty of belonging to a 
terrorist group, and should not be tried twice for the same offence.

Mr Ammar also said his client was unaware of what his cousin and the other 
bombers were planning.

Mr Ahmidan was in Morocco when the bombs went off in Madrid.

He is currently serving a five-year sentence for international drugs 

The trial of another Moroccan allegedly linked to the Madrid bombings, 
Abdellilah Ahriz, was postponed for two weeks.

Many of those who have been convicted for the bombings were Moroccan, a fact 
which hardened attitudes in Spain towards its southern neighbour.

It also lead to increased co-operation between the Moroccan and Spanish 
counter-terrorism forces.

The Madrid bombing - in which 10 rucksack bombs tore through four packed 
commuter trains on 11 March 2004 - was Europe's most deadly terror attack since 
the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.
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Published: 2008/12/04 23:36:48 GMT


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