- The Washington Times - Friday, March 19, 2004


3 Moroccans charged in Madrid bombings

MADRID — A key suspect wept and another shouted “I am innocent” during questioning by a Spanish judge, who charged them and another Moroccan yesterday with mass killings in the Madrid terror attacks.

The development, which stops short of a formal indictment, marked the first time authorities have publicly accused the three of direct involvement in Spain’s deadliest terrorist attack.

The closed-door sessions before National Court Judge Juan del Olmo were at times tumultuous, a court official said. Key Moroccan suspect Jamal Zougam wept.

The Moroccans were charged with 190 killings, 1,400 attempted killings, and membership in a terrorist group. Although 202 persons died in the March 11 bombings, only 190 bodies have been identified so far.

Two Indian men, Vinay Kohly and Suresh Kumar, were charged with collaborating with a terrorist group and falsifying a sales document.


Casablanca bomb suspect held

BRUSSELS — Belgian police have detained a suspect wanted in Morocco in connection with the 2003 bombings in Casablanca that killed 45 persons, including 12 bombers, the federal prosecutor’s office said yesterday.

Police detained the Moroccan man along with “less than 10” other suspects after conducting a series of morning raids at private homes in Brussels, Antwerp and Tongres, the office said.

Spanish investigators are looking into possible links between the Morocco bombings and last week’s train attack in Madrid.


Jews protest PETA campaign

BERLIN — German Jewish leaders said yesterday they had won a court order barring a repetition in Germany of a publicity stunt by a militant animal rights group comparing the treatment of animals with the Holocaust.

The Central Council of Jews in Germany took out the injunction against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The U.S.-based group has begun a publicity campaign across Europe using posters that depict skeletal concentration camp victims on one side and farm animals on the other.

One poster shows a pile of dead bodies, next to a picture of dead pigs. On another, naked, emaciated prisoners are compared to a sickly cow about to be slaughtered.


French troops enter Gonaives

GONAIVES — The first major contingent of foreign troops rumbled yesterday into the gritty Haitian city where an armed revolt erupted six weeks ago and led to the exit of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

On a mission to restore order to the still-restive town, a column of more than 140 French Legionnaires in armored personnel carriers, trucks and jeeps pulled into a university compound in Gonaives.


10 Maoist rebels, 2 soldiers killed

KATMANDU — At least 10 Maoist rebels were killed in an assault on security forces yesterday while a land mine claimed the lives of two soldiers, police said.

Several people also suffered bullet wounds in the clash in Dhading district, west of the Nepalese capital, police said.

Police added that the rebels, who are fighting to overthrow the monarchy, were also behind an attack on a state-owned transport firm in the southwestern town of Nepalgunj.

In another incident yesterday, 26 students were abducted in the western town of Baglung by the Maoists.

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