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A Moroccan who publicly manifested his support for Osama Bin Laden in Telde on the day of the Madrid train bombings in March 2004 will not have to spend time in jail for his defence of terrorism.
Telde - 24.11.2007
- 31-year-old Sidi Blaiha was expected to face at least a year in prison for causing a breach of the peace in the town when he took to the streets wearing a Bin Laden T-shirt and shouted to passers-by that he “was glad Al-Qaeda had blown up the trains”, killing 194 people. His trial in Madrid’s Criminal Court, which has sole jurisdiction over terrorism offences, was halted immediately after the only person who had agreed to take the witness stand to confirm his behaviour failed to appear to give evidence.
Blaiha’s lawyer said afterwards that his client had been treated unfairly and the prosecution service knew there was no chance of a conviction. However, the acquittal has angered locals in Telde, who say that the Moroccan was treated too leniently and want him to be deported immediately.