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Suspected Spain al-Qaida leader beaten
Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/15/05 | AP - Madrid

Posted on 07/15/2005 1:01:05 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

MADRID, Spain (AP) - Inmates on Friday beat up a suspected al-Qaida cell leader jailed on charges he helped plot the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States, breaking his jaw, nose and a tooth and injuring one of his eyes, Spanish officials said.

Imad Yarkas, 42, a Syrian-born Spaniard, was set upon by other prisoners in the dining hall of a prison in the eastern city of Castellon, said officials at the Interior Ministry department that oversees Spain's prisons. Spanish government press officials did not give their names.

An investigation has been opened because Yarkas, who is being held in solitary confinement, normally takes his meals alone, after other inmates have left the mess hall.

One official said some inmates apparently finished breakfast later than usual, and Yarkas began eating before they had left. Some began yelling at him, and when officers started to remove Yarkas from the room for his own safety another group of inmates pounced and punched the alleged al-Qaida member, the official said.

Yarkas and two other men of Syrian origin went on trial in late April in Madrid on charges of using Spain as a staging ground to help plot the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Twenty-one other Muslims in the same trial, mainly Syrians and Moroccans, faced lesser charges of terrorism and other offenses. The trial concluded July 5 and a verdict was expected in September.

Yarkas has been in jail since November 2001, spending most of that time in Madrid prisons. He arrived at the Castellon prison Thursday.

The Europa Press news agency reported that prisoners involved in Friday's events accused Yarkas of also being responsible for last year's al-Qaida-linked train bombings in Madrid, which killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,500. The prison system officials said they could not confirm the report.

Spanish investigators say some of the suspects in the Madrid attacks had close ties to Yarkas, but he has not been charged in that case.

However, at a parliamentary hearing last October, Rafael Gomez Menor, head of a Spanish police unit specializing in Islamic terror cases, said he considered Yarkas to be the ideological and logistical coordinator of the cell that carried out the Madrid bombings.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; alqaedaspain; alqaida; beaten; gwot; islamaniacs; islamofascists; jihadineurope; koranimals; leader; paybackisabitch; religionofpeace; religionoftolerance; sept11; spain; suspected; trop; wot; wtc; yarkas
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Please! Don't send cards or flowers. Thanks!
1 posted on 07/15/2005 1:01:05 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Send him some pork rinds, though...


2 posted on 07/15/2005 1:01:58 PM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Where's the outrage?

Put the Prison Warden on TRIAL for ABUSE.


3 posted on 07/15/2005 1:02:35 PM PDT by Madeleine Ward
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To: NormsRevenge

I always said that prisoners sometimes have a better sense of simple justice than most courts. . .


4 posted on 07/15/2005 1:02:35 PM PDT by CondorFlight
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To: NormsRevenge

Can we send a few of our favorite GitMo chargees over to Spain for a much needed vacation? Please???


5 posted on 07/15/2005 1:02:49 PM PDT by theDentist (The Dems have put all their eggs in one basket-case: Howard "Belltower" Dean.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well isn't this just a crying shame...


6 posted on 07/15/2005 1:03:39 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: CondorFlight

What's the Spanish for "Dahmer solution"..........?


7 posted on 07/15/2005 1:03:47 PM PDT by spokeshave
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To: CondorFlight

You should see what they do to rapists, especially child rapists, in those jails.


8 posted on 07/15/2005 1:04:19 PM PDT by cll
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To: NormsRevenge
Any moment now, we should be hearing from Sen. Feinstein and the NYT deploring the mistreatment of the poor terrorist.
9 posted on 07/15/2005 1:04:22 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft
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To: NormsRevenge

Well, they could have done worse.

They could have put underwear on his head.

(sorry, someone had to say it)


10 posted on 07/15/2005 1:04:56 PM PDT by kidd
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To: NormsRevenge

Spanish government press officials did not give their names.

***

What the government ought to do is give each inmate some award for a job well done. These guys are heroes.


11 posted on 07/15/2005 1:05:11 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: NormsRevenge
See? GITMO is a club!

Now that there Spanish prison is my idea of what a prison should be........

12 posted on 07/15/2005 1:06:57 PM PDT by b4its2late (GITMO is way too nice of a place to house low life terrorists.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Put this TROPer filth in general population!


13 posted on 07/15/2005 1:06:57 PM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred")
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To: NormsRevenge
A pity, it appears even Spanish prisoners adhere to the no death penalty rule.
14 posted on 07/15/2005 1:07:32 PM PDT by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: NormsRevenge

A damn good start!


15 posted on 07/15/2005 1:09:37 PM PDT by standing united (82nd ABN 1/508th BN Bco 1st Sqd. Alpha Fireteam Leader: "fury from the sky" 8-Duce on the Loose!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Spanish jailbirds have more common sense than the US democrat party.


16 posted on 07/15/2005 1:10:36 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Honoring Saint Jude's assistance every day.)
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To: Frank_Discussion

Poor chap was 'Durbinized',, never knew what hit him.


17 posted on 07/15/2005 1:11:49 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- THOMAS JEFFERSON)
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To: Madeleine Ward

We should pass the hat and get them something nice.


18 posted on 07/15/2005 1:12:54 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (OUT OF ORDER)
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To: NormsRevenge

I feel strangely indifferent to his plight.


19 posted on 07/15/2005 1:13:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If a democrats lips are moving, they're lying.)
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To: NormsRevenge
But did they treat his Quran with proper respect?
20 posted on 07/15/2005 1:13:17 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: NormsRevenge

Interesting you bring up the word "chap"... I wonder if we have heard the full range of injuries here...


21 posted on 07/15/2005 1:14:17 PM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: NormsRevenge
breaking his jaw, nose and a tooth and injuring one of his eyes, Spanish officials said.

Jeez, that prisoner must have been really horny.

22 posted on 07/15/2005 1:14:40 PM PDT by BostonianRightist (I don't trust a government I can't shoot back at.)
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To: NormsRevenge

And the problem is?


23 posted on 07/15/2005 1:15:48 PM PDT by joonbug
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To: NormsRevenge

Paging Dick Turbin...


24 posted on 07/15/2005 1:16:58 PM PDT by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: Madeleine Ward

No panties, no outrage.


25 posted on 07/15/2005 1:17:10 PM PDT by CAP811 (One man can change the world with a bullet in the right place)
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To: theDentist

Maybe we could send a couple of those Club Gitmo tee shirts to the guards and prisoners.


26 posted on 07/15/2005 1:18:05 PM PDT by Eva
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To: NormsRevenge

I know it's wrong to laugh at this.


27 posted on 07/15/2005 1:18:59 PM PDT by nina0113
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To: Madeleine Ward

Yeah this looks like a job for the criminal international court the CIC


28 posted on 07/15/2005 1:19:23 PM PDT by minus_273
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To: NormsRevenge

breaking his jaw, nose and a tooth and injuring one of his eyes, Spanish officials said.

They let him off easy, or they're taking their time with him I hope.


29 posted on 07/15/2005 1:19:24 PM PDT by TheForceOfOne (My tagline snapped the last time the MSM blew smoke up my ass. Now its gone forever.)
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To: NormsRevenge
He will be safer if they send him to Guantanamo.
30 posted on 07/15/2005 1:20:48 PM PDT by mmercier (in what way princes must keep faith)
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To: FormerACLUmember

No question about it.


31 posted on 07/15/2005 1:23:11 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Scratch a Liberal. Uncover a Fascist)
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To: NormsRevenge
ALLAHU AKBAR!!

:)

32 posted on 07/15/2005 1:23:56 PM PDT by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Would really enjoy a picture of the carnage.


33 posted on 07/15/2005 1:26:48 PM PDT by schaketo (Not all who wander are lost)
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To: NormsRevenge

They've got that POS in protective segregation? They need to put him in general population and save the cost of a trial!


34 posted on 07/15/2005 1:28:04 PM PDT by billnaz (What part of "shall not be infringed" don't you understand?)
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To: NormsRevenge

scuze me, but who was it that said Spain wasn't supporting America?


35 posted on 07/15/2005 1:29:11 PM PDT by followerofchrist
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To: nina0113
Would it be wrong to grin?

:)

-good times, G.J.P. (Jr.)

36 posted on 07/15/2005 1:36:01 PM PDT by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: NormsRevenge

Oooh, poor baby. Maybe the prisoners were inspired by the screaming of 3000 ghosts.


37 posted on 07/15/2005 1:36:54 PM PDT by ClaudiusI
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To: NormsRevenge

Looks like terrorists are a step lower than child molesters.


38 posted on 07/15/2005 1:41:14 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: NormsRevenge

"An investigation has been opened because Yarkas, who is being held in solitary confinement, normally takes his meals alone, after other inmates have left the mess hall.

One official said some inmates apparently finished breakfast later than usual, and Yarkas began eating before they had left. Some began yelling at him, and when officers started to remove Yarkas from the room for his own safety another group of inmates pounced and punched the alleged al-Qaida member, the official said. "

Can't fool me, I watched OZ on HBO! SETUP!


39 posted on 07/15/2005 1:42:13 PM PDT by Pikamax
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To: spokeshave
What's the Spanish for "Dahmer solution"..........?

Cena?

40 posted on 07/15/2005 1:42:37 PM PDT by LouD
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To: Eva; schaketo; minus_273; joonbug; followerofchrist; NormsRevenge; Question_Assumptions; ...

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/eibessential/illustrating_absurdity/clubgitmo.guest.html


41 posted on 07/15/2005 1:45:24 PM PDT by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: NormsRevenge

I love a feel-good story before the weekend!


42 posted on 07/15/2005 1:49:24 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: schaketo

I was gonna post a beat to a pulp pic,, but ..

Maybe a pic of Mikey Tyson after his last fight would suffice. ;-)


43 posted on 07/15/2005 1:51:45 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- THOMAS JEFFERSON)
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

I guess that the shirts we send to the Spainish prison should read, "I'd rather be at Club Gitmo."


44 posted on 07/15/2005 2:03:45 PM PDT by Eva
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To: All

Where is the anti-Spain outrage? Where is the investigating committee? Where is the senate hearings? Where is Al-jazfakera calling for jihad against Spain?

Freakin ridiculous.
Although, I conclude that the treatment was justified, I want to know where all these whiners that cried about Abu Ghraib and Gitmo, all aross the planet, are? Hipocrites all.


45 posted on 07/15/2005 2:19:37 PM PDT by groovejedi
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To: Eva
Probably!

:0)

46 posted on 07/15/2005 2:36:17 PM PDT by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: CondorFlight

too bad they didnt have time to BEHEAD the pos!


47 posted on 07/15/2005 2:55:40 PM PDT by Jazzman1
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To: NormsRevenge

I'd like to send flowers and thank you cards to the prisoners.


48 posted on 07/15/2005 3:04:42 PM PDT by tiki
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To: R. Scott

Serial child molesters ARE terrorists, and far beneath this guy. No one on earth is as low as a serial child rapist. Murderers are better people.


49 posted on 07/15/2005 3:28:11 PM PDT by letusprey (Death to all child rapists.)
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To: letusprey

I was referring to the prison hierarchy.


50 posted on 07/15/2005 3:34:30 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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