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Two Catalonia attacks suspects charged, two others granted conditional release

© Stringer/AFP | Salh El Karib, suspected of involvement in the terror cell that carried out twin attacks in Spain, was released on August 24 pending further investigation and placed under surveillance.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-08-24

The fourth suspect in last week's twin attacks in Spain was released Thursday pending further investigation and placed under surveillance, the country's National Court said.

The fourth suspect, who manages a store that lets people make calls abroad in the northern Catalonia town where many of the alleged attackers came from, will be required to show up at a local court every week and is banned from leaving Spain, the court said in a statement.

A 34-year-old Moroccan, he is the second of four suspects to have been granted conditional release.

The two others – Mohamed Houli Chemlal, 21, and Driss Oukabir, 28 – were remanded in custody and charged with terror-related offences after being questioned by a judge at Madrid's National Court, which deals with cases of extremism.

Authorities are still investigating the vehicle attacks on Barcelona's busy Las Ramblas boulevard last Thursday and in the resort town of Cambrils several hours later.

Fifteen people died and more than 120 were injured in the attacks.

According to a court document, credit cards in the suspect's name were used to buy plane tickets for Oukabir and Abdelbaki Es Satty, the imam believed to be the mastermind of the terror cell and who was killed in an explosion at a house in Alcanar, south of Barcelona, after the attacks.

But the investigation found that the shop the suspect manages sells plane tickets as part of its business, which means he did not necessarily belong to the terror cell.

"There is no indication that the detainee had any relationship with the people allegedly involved in the terrorist organisation that is being investigated," the court document said.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2017-08-24

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