Spain v. Jihad

The Spanish National Court issued its verdicts in the 2004 Madrid bombing case on Oct. 31. By U.S. standards, the verdicts seemed light--many sentences ranged from 12 to 15 years, and seven of the 28 suspects were absolved of all crimes, including alleged mastermind Rabei Osman. The ruling put to rest a long-festering accusation lodged by conservatives that the Basque separatist group ETA, not Islamic terrorists, was behind the attacks that killed 191 people and injured nearly 2,000 more. But it raised many questions about Spain's ability to prosecute terrorism cases now that Islamic terrorists are as much a threat as members...

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