The judge who sees conspiracies: Nearly eight years after the Madrid bombings, one magistrate still has her doubts (elpais)

A Madrid court has spent the past two-and-a-half years investigating whether a police chief from the special explosives unit (Tedax) is guilty of criminal conduct relating to the Madrid train bombings of March 11, 2004, which left 191 people dead and more than 1,800 wounded.

Commissioner Juan Jesús Sánchez Manzano, who was appointed by the Popular Party (PP) government of José María Aznar, is charged with concealing and manipulating evidence, and failing to pursue the case diligently.

The case has become a springboard for some of the loudest conspiracy theories once upheld by PP leaders in connection with the attacks, which took place three days before the 2004 general elections, and, according to sectors of the PP, helped the opposition Socialists win.

The judge who sees conspiracies (elpais)

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