Ten suspects charged with membership in an al-Qaida cell that allegedly helped prepare the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have been jailed to prevent them fleeing Spain ahead of their trial, court officials said Saturday.
The 10, including Al-Jazeera reporter Tayssir Alouni, were jailed Friday after being free on bail for more than a year.
They were among 40 people, including Osama bin Laden, indicted by Judge Baltasar Garzon on charges of belonging to or collaborating with al-Qaida. Eleven people, including the alleged leader of al-Qaida in Spain, Imad Yarkas, were already in jail, while the rest, including most of the principal suspects, are at large.
Garzon charged some of the 40 with helping prepare the Sept. 11 attacks. Garzon, who issued the first indictments in September 2003, argued that al-Qaida used Spain as a staging ground for the attacks, so he had jurisdiction to seek prosecution.