Alleged Al Qaeda in Spain chief Abu Dahdah released

On U.S. blacklist

23 May, 16:54

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, MAY 23 - Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, also known as Abu Dahdah, believed to be the leader of Al Qaeda in Spain, was released from prison on Wednesday after serving 12 years for belonging to a terrorist organization. His release, say sources from the judiciary quoted by EFE, had initially been scheduled for November. However, the Audiencia Nacional upheld the appeal lodged by Abu Dahdah's lawyer, leading to his release from the Estremera penitentiary in Madrid yesterday evening. Arrested in 2001, Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, who holds Spanish nationality but is of Syrian origins, was sentenced to 27 years imprisonment by Spain's Supreme Court for conspiracy to commit terrorist killings in relation to the September 11, 2001 attacks. The sentence was later reduced by the Supreme Court, which ruled that the conspiracy charges were unproven. His conviction for belonging to a terrorist organization was upheld but not that for murder, due to insufficient evidence. The U.S. includes him on its blacklist of Al Qaeda terrorists, since it holds that Abu Dahdah knew of the plans for the September 11 attacks and was fundamentally involved.


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