Carlos García Juliá, one of the assassins of the 1977 Atocha massacre, arrives in Spain

Claimed by the National Court, García Juliá (1955) was sentenced on February 29, 1980 by the First Section of the Criminal Chamber to 193 years in prison as the material author of five crimes of consummate murders and four frustrated at night January 24, 1977.

That day, García Juliá and two other people broke into an office of labor lawyers of Comisiones Obreras, located at number 55 on Atocha street in Madrid, opening fire on those present with 9 mm parabellum pistols.

García Juliá was granted parole on October 23, 1991. Afterwards, the Court agreed to grant him permission to leave Spain to accept a job offer in Paraguay, and must be presented monthly at the Spanish Embassy in that country. Once there, he broke the obligations of his probation, so he was declared a fugitive on August 14, 1996.


Subsequently, he was arrested in Bolivia on June 17, 1996, where he was sentenced to a six-year prison sentence for a drug trafficking offense. When on November 29, 2000, the request for extradition of the National Hearing to Bolivia arrived, the prisoner had already escaped taking advantage of a prison benefit a year earlier so as not to appear before a prison supervisory tribunal in La Paz.

From that date, and for the next twenty years, he lost track. It was in August 2018 when the investigations led the Brazilian Federal Police to locate García Juliá. A few months later, in December, the murderer was arrested in Sao Paulo, where he lived working as a driver in a VTC company.


When opposing the extradition, the procedure was extended thirteen months for the successive remedies and appeals that the defense has been exercising before the Brazilian judicial authorities, alleging the prescription of the crime, defects in the double criminality and the time of prison compliance in Bolivia .

After completing the procedures, three agents of the National Police, belonging to the Interpol OCN, have guarded the extradition from Brazil of García Juliá, who landed early this Friday at the Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez airport.


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