A Spanish court has released one of the Barcelona terror suspects. Two others were placed in jail while another will remain in police custody.

Barcelona after the attack

Barcelona after the attack Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Four members of the terror cell in Barcelona that planned the deadly attacks in Spain were brought in front of a judge on Tuesday in Madrid. The judge ruled that two of them be jailed while the third was remanded in custody. The fourth was released under specific conditions. The defendants told the judge that the mastermind behind the attacks, which claimed the lives of 15 people and injured over 100, was Abdelbaki Es Satty, an imam in Ripoll.

One of the defendants explained during his testimony that the car-ramming was not the cell’s preferred attack. He said that they had hoped to carry out a larger attack using explosives. According to estimates, the terror cell members were planning to blow up the popular Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona but the series of failures in preparing the attack eventually prompted them to carry out the car-ramming.

Es Satty was killed in an explosion that took place the day before the terror attack in Barcelona. The explosion occurred when the terrorists were preparing the explosive devices they planned to use in the more lethal attack. It was revealed yesterday in court that a plane ticket to Brussels with the imam’s name was found among the rubble of the home where the explosion occurred.