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Moroccan Defendant Denies Involvement in Madrid Train Bombings

16 February 2007

A Moroccan man on trial for the 2004 Madrid train bombings has denied involvement in the deadly attacks.

Youssef Belhadj, 30, spoke Friday, the second day of the trial.

Prosecutors believe Belhadj is the man in a video found after the attacks who claims responsibility for the attacks in the name of al-Qaida.

Prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of nearly 40,000 years for Belhadj. Under Spanish law, the maximum sentence he can receive is 40 years.

At the start of the trial Thursday, codefendant Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed condemned the attacks and denied involvement.

Both Ahmed and Belhadj have refused to answer questions from the prosecution, replying only to queries from their defense attorneys.

The attacks on packed commuter trains on March 11, 2004, killed 191 people and injured more than 1800.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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