Skip to main content /WORLD
CNN.com /WORLD
CNN TV
EDITIONS





COMPLETE COVERAGE | FRONT LINES | AMERICA AT HOME | INTERACTIVES »

Spain concern over terror suspects

MADRID, Spain -- Al Qaeda suspects in Spanish custody will not be extradited to the U.S. unless there is a guarantee they will not face the death penalty, the country's foreign ministry has said.

A ministry spokesman said there had not been an extradition request as yet for eight men, mostly Arab immigrants, detained last week and charged with belonging to Osama Bin Laden's al Qaeda network.

Their indictment alleges that the suspects helped in preparations for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

But the foreign ministry spokesman, quoted by news agencies, said European Union agreements prevent Spain from extraditing suspects to countries where judicial norms are seen as falling below those in the 15-nation bloc.

Attack on America
 CNN.COM SPECIAL REPORT
 CNN NewsPass Video 
Agencies reportedly got hijack tips in 1998
 MORE STORIES
Intelligence intercept led to Buffalo suspects
Report cites warnings before 9/11
 EXTRA INFORMATION
Timeline: Who Knew What and When?
Interactive: Terror Investigation
Terror Warnings System
Most wanted terrorists
What looks suspicious?
In-Depth: America Remembers
In-Depth: Terror on Tape
In-Depth: How prepared is your city?
 RESOURCES
On the Scene: Barbara Starr: Al Qaeda hunt expands?
On the Scene: Peter Bergen: Getting al Qaeda to talk

He said Spain would need to receive assurances that any suspects would not be subject to capital punishment or military tribunals like those ordered by U.S. President George W. Bush.

Promises of exemption from the U.S. death penalty have been given in certain cases, such as that of U.S. fugitive Ira Einhorn, who was extradited from France this summer to face charges in the 1977 bludgeoning murder of his girlfriend in Pennsylvania. He is now awaiting a new trial in that state.

Spain abolished the death penalty after the end of its 1939-75 dictatorship.



 
 
 
 



RELATED SITES:
See related sites about World
Note: Pages will open in a new browser window
External sites are not endorsed by CNN Interactive.


 Search   

Back to the top