Spain Awaits Madrid Bombing Verdicts
(Sky news) - One of the biggest cases in Spanish legal history is expected to end today when verdicts are returned on the men charged over the devastating 2004 Madrid train bombings.
The group of mainly Moroccan defendants face charges including multiple counts of murder and membership of a terror organisation.
Many of the victims still struggle to deal with the aftermath of the attack and keenly await the verdicts.
"I needed to be there. I needed to see the people accused of carrying out the attack. I wanted to see the look in their eyes when I looked at them face to face," said Clara Escribano.
She has attended the trial and knows she is one of the lucky ones. The attack killed 191 and injured hundreds more.
But like many involved she doesn't believe the end of trial brings all the answers.
"What we want to know is why did they allow this to happen? Because they knew this could happen. What happened to us could have happened anywhere. There was a neglect of duty within our political classes. I believe they let us down."
Three and a half years on, the attack still has a powerful grip on the country - especially on those caught up in it.
Roberto Martin was driving one of the trains. He is back at work but suffers physically and psychologically.
"When you hear about, for example, what happened in London, the bombs, it makes you remember what happened in Madrid. So you're scared that it might happen again. It would be awful to have to go through that again."
Dealing with the scars is a job that will go for years.
Psychologist Syra Balanzat treats survivors and says the trial hasn't helped them.
"Some of the victim wonder if it will ever be resolved. In psychological terms we call this 'secondary victimisation'. First, you're the victim of an attack, then you're victim to the judicial process, to the institutions which fail to respond to your situation as the victim of a terrorist atttack."
Juan Benito, who lost his son Rodolfo, sums up the feelings of many. "I think about it every day. In fact, every moment."