The trial of the 11 March 2004 Madrid terrorist attacks Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2017

start page

  • 216

end page

  • 235


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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2032-2844

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2399-293X


  • On 11 March 2004, 10 bombs exploded on different commuter trains in Madrid. These attacks caused 191 deaths &- plus a policeman who died in a related explosion on 3rd April &- and more than 1800 injured. The inquiry started that day, and after 3 years of investigation, 29 people were brought to trial and finally 18 were convicted. The management of the case was correct even if some significant difficulties were caused by the particularities of the inquiry and the magnitude of the process and other common wrong practices in the Spanish criminal justice system regarding identification.


  • terrorism; complex criminal case; identification; secrecy; inquiry; due process