The enigmas of the attack, the most famous of the Transition were yesterday a little more clear. Carlos García Juliá, one of five ultras that perpretó the killing of the lawyers of Atocha in Madrid in 1977, has been arrested in São Paulo by the brazilian Federal Police, as confirmed by the embassy of Spain in Brasilia. On García Juliá, who served in Spain 14 of 193 years in prison to which he was sentenced, he weighed a request for the extradition of the National court, the Government of Bolivia, where they were supposed to be hiding the fugitive.

The spaniard is now under custody of the brazilian Federal Police, whose superintendent is scheduled to give tomorrow a press conference together with the Spanish policemen who have participated in the operation to give details on the capture and a possible extradition.

On this old militant New Force weighed a international arrest warrant for his involvement in the massacre where they were shot and killed four lawyers and a worker from a firm from the Spanish capital linked to Comisiones Obreras and the Communist Party. Garcia, Julia was 24 years old when committed the five murders for which he was sentenced in 1980. In December 2016, almost forty years after the massacre, the National Audience was upgraded to the Ministry of Justice the extradition request.


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The history of leaks García Juliá dates back Jestbahis to before even being convicted. Julia attempted to escape in 1979 from the prison of Ciudad Real, which was before the trial. In 1994, when he had attained the age of 14 years in prison, a judge authorized him to travel to Paraguay when he was on parole, with the excuse that I had a job offer from a shipping company. Julia took advantage of a loophole to leave to Assumption and came to be in the Spanish embassy, where he enrolled as a non-resident. That same year the decision was overturned, and a court requested without success to return to Spain. Desoyó the petition, and began a journey Latin america as a common criminal.Two years after he was arrested in Bolivia for drug trafficking and financing of paramilitary groups, and incarcerated in a high security prison of Peace.

Several gunmen stormed the January 24, 1977 in the office of the labor of Workers ‘ Commissions, in the number 55 on Atocha street. Killed three lawyers, Enrique Valdelvira Ibañez, Luis Javier Benavides Orgaz and Francisco Javier Sauquillo, the Law student Serafin Loose and a administrative, Angel Rodriguez Leal. There were also four serious injuries.

Garcia Julia had perpetrated the massacre of Atocha, next to a militia fascist followers of the late notary Blas Piñar. José Fernández Cerra, who was sentenced to 193 years as executor, and Francisco Albaladejo, on which fell 73 as inducer, we compañaron in the crime. Lerdo de Tejada was indicted, but fled before sitting down on the bench. In its ruling, the National court considered that, next to the also processed Leocadio Jimenez Caravaca, constituted a “group activist and ideological, a champion of a political ideology radicalized and totalitarian, dissatisfied with the institutional change which was operating in Spain”.

known as The Massacre of Atocha became one of the symbols of the transition to democracy in Spain, when there were two months to the legalization of the Communist Party of Spain (PCE) and five months of the celebration of the first democratic elections after four decades of dictatorship.