Wednesday, November 8, 2006


Madrid: 38,000-year jail terms sought

`Prosecutors in the Madrid train bombing case will seek prison terms of about 38,000 years for each of the seven prime defendants in the trial due to start next February, according to a prosecution order released Monday and viewed by CNN. [..]

The sentences sought were calculated based on murder charges against the seven prime defendants for each of the 191 people who died in the attacks on Madrid commuter trains on March 11, 2004, and also for the attempted murders of the 1,824 others who were wounded, the 232-page prosecution order said.

The trial is expected to last for months. The defendants — if convicted of all the charges — would serve only a maximum of 40 years in prison, under Spanish law, which prohibits the death penalty, the prosecution said.’

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