Two Moroccan suspects detained by Spanish police in connection with the Madrid train blasts were already known to authorities in connection with the 11 September attacks in 2001. Mohamed Chaoui, 34, and Jamal Zougam, 30, who were among five men detained on Saturday in connection with the bombings that killed 200 people, had been linked to an earlier investigation into the Spanish al-Qa’ida cell that helped plan the US attacks. Jean-Charles Brisard, an investigator hired by relatives of victims of the World Trade Centre attacks, said that Mr Chaoui’s name had appeared in transcripts of a conversation between two members of a Spanish al-Qa’ida cell involved in planning the US attacks. Mr Brisard, who runs an independent investigating firm called JCB Consulting and is an expert on terrorist financing, said he had seen the Tangier-born suspect’s name in the transcript of a telephone conversation bugged on the orders of the Spanish investigating magistrate Baltasar Garzon. Full Story
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