Egyptian jailed for Madrid bombings

A court in Italy has sentenced an Egyptian to 10 years in prison for his role in the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

    Ahmed was charged with conspiracy and terrorism

    Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, also known as "Mohamed the Egyptian", was arrested in Milan three months after the blasts that killed 191 people on March 11, 2004.

    A court in Milan pronounced the verdict on Monday, Italy's Sky TG24 reported.

    Sitting in a cage in the courtroom, Ahmed remained impassive as the verdict was read out.  

    A second Egyptian, Yahya Mawad Mohamed Rajeh, was sentenced to five years in jail in the case.  

    Al-Qaeda link

    The pair were accused of belonging to an Egyptian group linked to al-Qaeda and of planning terrorist attacks within and outside Europe.  

    Spanish authorities indicated in September that they would request Ahmed's temporary extradition from Italy for a trial that is set to begin in February 2007.  

    During questioning by Spanish judge Juan Del Olmo in December 2005, Ahmed admitted to knowing some of the 25 suspects, most of them Moroccans, held over the Madrid attacks.  

    He is reported to have spoken about organising the attacks during telephone conversations with associates that were recorded by Italy's secret service.  

    Ahmed is understood to have been in Italy at the time of the blasts but spent time in 2003 in the Madrid district of Lavapies, home to several of the presumed bombers.

    The cordinated bombing of four commuter trains, blamed on mainly Moroccan Muslim extremists, was the worst such attack in Europe since the downing of a PanAm jet over the Scottish town of Lockerbie which killed 270 people in December 1988.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    We travel more than 2,000km and visit communities along the route of the oil pipeline that cuts across Indigenous land.

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women married to ISIL fighters share accounts of being made to watch executions and strap explosives to other women.

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    The story of Ali Reza Monfared, the Iranian who tried to buy diplomatic immunity after embezzling millions of dollars.