Spain to launch probe over book written by wife of main judge in Madrid terror trial
MADRID, Spain (AP) – A judicial oversight board will launch an investigation over a tell-all book on the Madrid terror bombings that was written by the wife of the main judge who presided over the trial, officials said Wednesday.
The book, «La Soledad del Juzgador» (The Solitude of the Judge), came out last week _ three weeks after verdicts in the case were handed down at the National Court.
Among other things, it reveals parts of private conversations between the main judge, Javier Gomez Bermudez, and two colleagues who also presided over the trial, or with prosecutors, police and prison officials.
The book also criticizes other judges and staffers at the court over their work during the probe of the March 2004 bombings or the trial itself.
The attacks by Islamic militants killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800. Of 28 defendants, 21 were convicted of terrorism and other charges.
The General Council of the Judiciary is opening a preliminary investigation at the request of Gomez Bermudez himself in order to determine if he should face disciplinary action for allegedly sharing information improperly, said a spokesman for the council, Enrique Lopez.
Separately, the council will examine the actions of the judge’s wife, Elisa Beni, a journalist who wrote the book, because she also holds a job as spokeswoman for another, regional-level court in Madrid and thus falls under the jurisdiction of the judiciary council, Lopez said.
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