García Juliá is "sorry" for the Atocha massacre, says his lawyer

Carlos García Juliá, one of those convicted of participating in the 'Atocha massacre' committed in Madrid in 1977 and who will be extradited to Spain this week after being arrested in Brazil, "is sorry" for the murders committed more than four decades ago, his lawyer said Tuesday in an interview with Efe.

"In several moments of the interrogations, (Juliá) reiterated that what (the killing) happened at the time when she was young, was an idealist, and that she was sorry for it, but had already paid for the sentence and for the crime committed, "said lawyer Daniel Mourad Majzoub at his firm in Sao Paulo.

According to Mourad Majzoub, the former member of the New Force has repeatedly stressed that the crime committed on January 24, 1977 at a Labor Law Firm in Madrid's Atocha Street "was not premeditated," but rather a "fatality."

The Atocha massacre, which shook Spanish society in the middle of the transition from Franco's dictatorship to democracy, was perpetrated by three ultra-rightists who stormed the office, including García Juliá. They were looking for the person in charge of the then illegal labor union of Comisiones Obreras (CCOO), Joaquín Navarro, who had left the office shortly before. When they did not find him, they shot five people, including three lawyers, a law student and an administrative officer.

However, according to García Juliá's version, "the idea was to go to the union to steal the operational maps of the transport system" at night, "with the expectation that they would not find anyone," said his defense lawyer. .

García Juliá was sentenced to 193 years in prison in 1980, but only served 14 years of the sentence that had been imposed.

In 1991 he got the conditional and, some years later, a permit to travel to Latin America for a job offer. The permit was subsequently revoked but never returned to Spain.

After decades fugitive and a period imprisoned in Bolivia, he was arrested in Sao Paulo in December 2018, where he has been detained since then at the headquarters of the Federal Police.

Last year, the Brazilian Supreme Court authorized his extradition and, according to the initial forecast, García Juliá will board a plane bound for Spain on Thursday, although the details of the operation are kept secret to preserve the physical integrity of the extradited or Avoid a hypothetical leak.

"The expectation is that I arrived (in Spain) on Friday, but that expectation is not always confirmed. We do not have much access to schedules due to security issues," said Mourad Majzoub, a renowned lawyer in Brazil and who managed to stop the extradition of Salvador Siciliano, accused by the Argentine Justice of kidnapping and killing left-wing political activists between 1973 and 1975.


García Juliá received the news of his extradition with serenity, since he knew that it could occur at any moment, according to Mourad Majzoub, who considers Spanish as a "friend". The lawyer describes García Juliá as a "fairly weighted", "focused", "cult" man who likes to read.

Currently, he has a stable union with Raimunda, a woman of Brazilian nationality and who learned of her true identity through the news and news, according to Efe at the time of his arrest.

"(García Juliá) also has a daughter, who is not blood, is her stepdaughter, but whom she treats as a daughter," said the lawyer, who described the extradition as "a family drama" that "is separating a family ".


The lawyer considered that García Juliá "has already served his sentence" and that Spain will have to "understand" it.

"Either Spain understands that or we are going to resort to the Strasbourg Court," he said.

Although he explained that he cannot provide more details about the next steps that will be taken, Mourad Majzoub said his team of lawyers already has a "prepared defense line."

"Adopted the objective, isonomic criteria and applied the law in a fair and clear way as it should be, he will soon be free, this is our expectation," he said.

The lawyer said that the entire defense thesis is based on some "mistakes" that were made by the Spanish Justice throughout the process of García Juliá, such as the fact that he was tried for a common crime instead of a political crime, which prevented him from benefiting from the political amnesty law of 1977.

"We will calmly await your statement with the (Spanish) authorities to, from there, make the decisions we deem relevant," he said.

Nayara Batschke


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