Milan: Defense concluded in Madrid bombing case

October 30, 2006 13:29


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The lawyer defending an Egyptian suspected of playing a role in the Madrid train bombings told a Milan court Monday that the defendant did not break any laws on Italian soil. Luca D'Auria made the remarks in his closing arguments as the trial of Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed nears its end. A verdict is expected on Nov. 6. The lawyer said there was no evidence in Italy of any association with the cell responsible for the Madrid bombings. "There was no association in Milan. He should be judged in Madrid because in Milan there's nothing," he said. The 34-year-old Ahmed and Yahia Ragei, 22, are charged with subversive association aimed at international terrorism, a charge that was introduced after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.

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