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In the October 2000 car bomb attack in Madrid, the bodyguard and driver of the Supreme Court judge and a bus driver also died.

Place of the attack against the magistrate Jos Francisco Querol.PEDRO ARMESTRE

The judge of the National High CourtSantiago Pedraz has summoned 11 former ETA chiefs to declare themselves under investigation for their possible responsibility in the attack against the magistrate of the Supreme Court Jose Francisco Querol Lombardero. The five terrorists who are free are due to appear in court on November 29, while the six who are still serving sentences will testify by videoconference the following day.

On October 30, 2000, a car bomb killed the magistrate in Madrid, as well as his escort, Jesús Escudero García; his driver, Armando Medina Sánchez; and a bus driver. Another 64 people were injured. More than 700 homes in 35 buildings were damaged.

Last December, Pedraz admitted for processing, with the approval of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, a Dignity and Justice complaint against those who were then in charge of the gang and the Madrid command.

The first defendants to testify are Asier Oyarzabal; Mikel Albisu, Mikel Antza; Living Goicoechea; Ramon Sagarzazu and Ignacio Miguel Gracia Arregui, Iaki de Rentera. All of them are free, having served the sentences imposed on them.

Those still imprisoned who will testify the following day are Gorka Palacios, Juan Antonio Olarra Guridi, Ainhoa ​​Mugica Goi, Javier García Gaztelu, Txapote; Soledad Iparaguirre, Anboto, and Juan Carlos Iglesias Chouzas, Gaddafi.

That of the attack against Querol is one of the various cases opened in the National High Court against former leaders of the gang for their responsibility in the attacks carried out by the commandos. Dignidad y Justicia maintains, based on reports from the Security Forces on the operation of ETA, that they too can be sentenced as perpetrators by induction, with the same penalty as the perpetrators.

In the case of the four murders of October 30, 2000, no ETA member has yet been sentenced, so the attack is on the list of victims’ associations with 379 unsolved attacks. The summons to the 11 former leaders of the gang arrive before the court has received the reports requested from the Security Forces and after Dignity and Justice asked Pedraz to speed up the case.


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