For democracies, the wheels of justice grind slowly. For terror victims as well.
The three main suspects in the 2004 Madrid bombings have been found guilty. It's taken over three years, but the murderers have been found guilty. All of the defendants proclaimed their innocence and face long, long sentences--almost 39,000 years behind bars.
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A Spanish court has found three prime defendants guilty of mass murder in the 2004 Madrid commuter train bombings that killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,800.A good Spanish attorney may get the principles released sometime in 40,000 A.D.
Five of the eight primary defendants, however, were found not guilty on the mass murder charges. Several of the five were convicted on lesser charges, including belonging to a terror group. .
One of those acquitted, according to The Associated Press, was Rabei Osman el Sayed Ahmed, also known as Mohamed the Egyptian.
Italian police provided recorded wiretaps of Ahmed in the months before the bombings in which he allegedly boasted the attacks were his "project." On the stand he condemned the attacks, denied any link and said the voice on the tapes was not his.
Each of the primary defendants found guilty of mass murder faces sentences of nearly 39,000 years -- calculated at 30 years for each of the 191 people killed in the bombings and 18 years, for attempted murder, against each of the wounded.
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