Once the report of the Prosecutor’s Office was concluded, it was the turn of the 14 individual accusations brought in the procedure followed against those accused of the 17-A attacks. Some adhered to the request for tax punishment and limited themselves to claiming the declaration of victim of terrorism while others, such as that exercised by some of the mossos who were injured in the second Alcanar explosion while inspecting the rubble, demanded that they also be condemned for the murders committed with the abuses of La Rambla and Cambrils.
The lawyer Mònica Fanlo, on behalf of these agents, distanced herself from the criteria of the public prosecutor’s office and maintained that the unit of action was never broken, the only circumstance that would serve, according to her criteria, to free the accused from the consequences of the abuses, for which the prosecution does not accuse them, understanding that the Alcanar explosion made them improvise their plans and neither did the injured man in the chalet, Mohamed Houli Chemial, nor Driss Oukabir can be held responsible for subsequent deaths. The third defendant, Ben Ben Iazza, faces only collaboration.
Try as you can
The lawyer maintains that the terrorist cell “had so internalized the plan that the explosion of Alcanar made them continue with the path of sowing terror as indicated Daesh“ and they prepared “to attack their enemies wherever and whenever they could.” In this sense, he recalled one of the maxims of jihadist terrorism that proclaims that “if you are not able to find a bullet”, it runs over, stabs or poisons the enemy.
As they had been instructed in this way for a long time, with prior planning and a “full conviction of a suicide action” they “went to Cambrils to spread terror” in “a simple and cheap way”, which served as a model for other attacks. Therefore, must also be condemned for the completed and attempted murders.
Next, it was the turn of the accusation representing an Italian citizen who died on La Rambla, when putting himself in front of his children to protect them from the onslaught of the van that Youness Abouyaapoub was driving. Ignacio Fuster Fabra allowed himself to remind the president of the court, magistrate Alfonso Guevara, of the 11-M trial so that he would reduce the credibility of Oukabir’s version of consuming alcohol and drugs to deny any relationship with the terrorist cell.
The hearing, which is scheduled until this Thursday, was about to be suspended this morning after Houli’s lawyer tested positive for COVID, which prevented her from traveling to the San Fernando de Henares (Madrid) headquarters of the National Court. Finally, it was agreed that he would continue the session from his home, so the session could continue.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.