Three convicted in the Madrid attacks including two Moroccans, Mohamed Bouharrat and Rachid Aglif, will have to be freed during this year, after serving their sentence, the third being the Spaniard, Antonio Toro.
On the morning of March 11, 2004, ten bombs exploded in four trains in the suburbs of Madrid. These simultaneous and coordinated attacks, at the height of rush hour, left 191 dead and 1,800 wounded. They constitute to this day the most deadly terrorist attack carried out in the history of Spain plunging this country and the international community in astonishment. These attacks were led by an al-Qaeda cell made up of Moroccans, Algerians, Tunisians, Syrians and Spaniards with the complicity of some agents of the Guardia Civile.
Although they had no role in the planning or implementation, Spanish miners, including Toro, who sold the explosives to terrorists, were also arrested. Bouharrat, Aglif and Toro, having thus served their sentence, there will remain in prison only four convicts among the eighteen including the three main perpetrators of the attacks Jamal Zougam, the former Asturian minor José Emilio Suarez Trashorras and Othman El-Gnaoui . They had each been sentenced to more than 40,000 years in prison (the sentences for each death being cumulative but, in practice, the imprisonment is capped at forty years in Spain) for assassinations, destruction and membership of a terrorist group.
However, Antonio Toro (brother-in-law of Trashorras), is still in prison, although in semi-release regime since in February of last year, the penitentiary institutions granted him the third degree, will therefore be free. no later than March.
A month later, on April 1, Rachid Aglif, “el Conejo”, right-hand man of Jamal Ahmidan “el Chino” (one of the suicide bombers of the Leganés apartment where the perpetrators blew themselves up) will also be released. Found guilty, he was sentenced to 18 years in prison for belonging to a terrorist organization and supplying explosive substances. While a prisoner in El Castellon, he had forged a “special friendship” with Imam Abdelbaki Es Satty, the main suspect in the Barcelona attacks in 2017.
Finally and a few months later, next October, Mohamed Bouharrat will have served his sentence. He had been sentenced to twelve years in prison, also for belonging to a terrorist organization. Mohamed Bouharrat, was in charge of recruiting and collecting information on targets. With these three releases, only four of the convicts will remain in prison for these events.
One of them for a short period, since Abdelmajid Bouchar, known as “el Gamo”, who fled Leganés’s apartment when he noticed the presence of the police officers while he was taking down the trash, will see his 18-year prison sentence expire on August 12, 2023.
The three main convicts will be the last to serve the sentences handed down. And for that they have more than twenty years left. They will not be free until 2044. They are Jamal Zougam, Otman El Gnaoui and Suarez Trashorras.