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Spanish judge's wife is fired

January 17, 2008|From the Associated Press

MADRID — A court employee married to the main judge in the Madrid bombings trial was fired Wednesday for writing a book that divulged confidential information about the case.

The General Council of the Judiciary dismissed Elisa Beni from her job as spokeswoman for a Madrid regional court.

The panel lost confidence in Beni because she used information obtained from her husband, said a council official.

Beni is married to Javier Gomez Bermudez, head of the three-judge panel that presided over the terrorism trial in Spain's National Court, which in 2007 convicted 21 of 28 defendants of the March 2004 massacre that killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800.

The book, "La Soledad del Juzgador" ("The Solitude of the Judge"), which came out shortly after the verdicts, revealed parts of private conversations between Gomez Bermudez and his two colleagues, as well as those with prosecutors, police and prison officials.

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