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In pictures: Madrid blast verdict

Police guard the court in Madrid for the verdict of the March 2004 bombings

Security forces were on alert across the Spain for the verdict in the 11 March 2004 Madrid train bombing trial.

A Guardia Civil (police) bus carrying the Madrid train blast accused arrives at the National Audience court in Madrid

The accused arrived at the National Audience, Spain's top anti-terror court, in a convoy of police buses.

A police dog on patrol outside the Madrid court for the 11 March 2004 Madrid bombing verdict

Bomb-sniffing dogs and police helicopters were deployed around the court.

Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez arrives at the National Audience to deliver the verdict of the three-judge panel in the 2004 Madrid train bombing trial

Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez read the much-awaited decisions of the three-judge panel, which came after a four-month trial.

Suspect Mahmoud Slimane Aoun (r) signals to Youssef Belhadj (l) and Mouhannad Almallah Dabas inside a glass cage in the Madrid court

The accused sat behind a glass wall under police guard as the verdict was read out.

Two victims comfort each other while the sentence is read to the defendants in the Madrid train bombing trial

Victims comforted each other during proceedings, with a hush falling over the courtroom as the verdicts were delivered.

Mohamed Moussaten, is embraced by his lawyer in front of the National Audience court in Madrid after being acquitted of involvement in the 2004 Madrid train bombings

Mohamed Moussaten was one of seven people acquitted. Twenty-one others were found guilty of charges including murder, forgery and conspiracy to commit a terrorist attack.

Pilar Manjon, president of 11 March Association for the Victims of Terrorism, speaks with journalists outside the court

The president of the 11 March Association for the Victims of Terrorism, Pilar Manjon, condemned the decision, calling it a "mistake". She said her group would launch an appeal.





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