Members of the jihadist cell that committed the Barcelona attacks sentenced to 53, 46 and 8 years

16 people died in the attacks. The sentence also attributes to the defendants havoc in a terrorist attempt in competition with 29 crimes of serious recklessness injuries.

The defendant Driss Oukabir, during the trial.POOL

The Criminal Chamber of the National High Court has sentenced the three members of the jihadist cell that committed the terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils in August 2017 to sentences of 53, 46 and 8 years in prison, in which 16 people died.

In a sentence, the magistrates of the Third Section impose a sentence of 53 years and six months in prison to Mohamed Houli Chemlal and from 46 to Driss Oukabir for crimes of belonging to a terrorist organization; possession, deposit as well as manufacture of explosive and flammable substances or devices of a terrorist nature; and ravages in an attempt of a terrorist character in competition with 29 crimes of serious negligence injuries.

In addition, the resolution, of 1,018 pages, imposes absolute and special disqualification, as well as the prohibition of approaching Alcanar for 10 years once the custodial sentences have been served. The Chamber indicates that the effective execution of the sentences for these two defendants will not exceed 20 years.

The Hearing condemns the third of the accused, Said Ben Iazza, to 8 years in prison for the crime of collaboration with a terrorist organization and imposes, in addition, the absolute and special disqualification, as well as the prohibition of approaching Alcanar for five years from the time he has served the prison sentence.

In its ruling, the Criminal Chamber agrees to acquit Mohamed Houli and Driss Oukabir of 14 crimes of homicide in attempted terrorism, as well as 34 crimes of terrorist injuries and five of reckless injuries for which they also they had been charged.

The court also acquits Said Ben Iazza of the crimes of belonging to a terrorist organization; possession of a deposit and manufacture of explosives of a terrorist nature and of conspiracy to commit terrorist ravages for which he had also been accused in the trial held at the National High Court.

The Prosecutor’s Office requested 41 and 36 year prison sentences for Houli and Oukabir, respectively, for crimes of integration in a terrorist organization, manufacture, possession and deposit of explosive substances and for conspiracy for the crime of havoc, while for the third defendant it requested a sentenced to 8 years in prison for collaborating with the jihadist cell.


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