Spanish judge sets evidence deadline
MADRID, Spain (AP) --- A judge gave police until Thursday to provide results of tests on chemicals seized from 16 Al-Qaida suspects linked by Spain and the United States to alleged terror mastermind Abu Musab Zarqawi.
If police don't comply, most of the 16 could be released as early as Thursday, sources at the National Court said today.
Investigative magistrate Guillermo Ruiz de Polanco set the deadline at the request of prosecutor Jesus Alonso, who said police have presented no evidence against the 16 since they were arrested Jan. 24 in Barcelona and other northeastern cities. Spanish officials said then that police who searched the suspects' homes had found explosives.
, chemicals and electronic gear, as well as fake passports and other documents.