A Spanish judge, Fernando Andreu, has sentenced two of the four surviving terror suspects linked to Barcelona and Cambrils attacks.
The court, after the hearing, charged the two, Chemlal and Driss Oukabir, for murder, membership of a terror organization and illegal possession of explosives.
Andreu, who made the rulings after the hearing, directed that the third suspect, Salah el Karib, be detained for another 72 hours for further investigated.
The judge, however, ruled that the fourth suspect, Mohammed Aalla, be freed because the evidence presented by prosecutor against him was weak.
The quartet of the 12-man terrorist cell responsible for last week’s attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils appeared at Spanish National High Court here on Tuesday.
The four suspects arrived at the court at around 8:00 a.m. yesterday after spending hours in the cells of the Civil Guard Headquarters in the town of Tres Cantos, north of Madrid.
Houli Chemlala, who was the first to speak before the judge, is reported to have testified that the terrorist cell had planned to destroy important monuments in Barcelona before a gas explosion in the house where they were preparing the attacks left him injured and two members of the cell dead.
Those replies matched what he told the Catalan regional police in the five days he had been maintained incommunicado under their custody.
Chemlal was accompanied to the court in Madrid by Mohamed Chemal, Dris Oukbar, Mohammed Alla and Salh Karib, all of whom were detained in the town of Ripoll, in Girona province, to the north of Barcelona.
Dris is the older brother of one of the terrorists who was shot by police during the attack on Cambrils in the early hours of Friday morning.
He handed himself to police few hours after the attacks, saying his brother had stolen his driving license, which was used to rent the van that killed 13 persons on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas street.
El Karib, who is the owner of a call center in the town of Ripoll, where three of the terrorists were arrested, told the court he had only helped members of the cell buy air tickets in order to earn a commission on the sale.
Aallaa, whose brother also died in Cambrils, told the judge that the although the Audi A3 used in the attack in which 5 terrorists, including his brother, were shot dead, was in his name, it was only for insurance issues.