Carlos García Juliá , one of five ultras who carried out the slaughter of the lawyers of Atocha in Madrid in 1977, he lived in São Paulo under the identity of a citizen of venezuela when he was arrested on the 5th of December in the brazilian city. García Juliá was fled in Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil, as reported by the General Directorate of the Police, countries through which it moved, even by plane, with false documentation.

Garcia Julia only met in Spain 14 of 193 years in prison to which he was sentenced. In 1991, he was granted parole, and in 1994 applied for judicial authorisation to leave Spain. Since then, it remained disappeared not to appear before an injunction formally occurred in December of that year.

The police investigation put the fugitive in south american territory. We detected its presence in Chile, Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil, but could not determine the identity used. In 2017, are issued an international warrant of arrest and it was then when they started efforts to be more intense to give with its whereabouts.


photo gallery in The killing of the lawyers of Atocha Arrested in Brazil, Carlos García Juliá, one of the authors of the massacre of Atocha

These investigations determined that could be found in brazilian territory, in particular São Paulo, under the identity of a citizen of venezuela. In July of 2018, the Federal Police of Brazil was detected at García Juliá and began the steps to request his extradition.

The following procedure is the service Enforceable in the National court, in charge of enforcing the judgments of this court, request a report to the office of the prosecutor on whether to pursue the extradition request of Julia. In the report, the public prosecutor shall decide on whether it has prescribed the sentence against Julia, and if applicable to claim delivery Matbet to the south american country. When you say the prosecutor’s office, the first section of the Audiencia Nacional, that was the one that sentenced to 193 years in prison, will have to issue a car to order, in your case, initiate the formalities of extradition. On the possible prescription of the sentence, legal sources consulted by Efe suggest that they would start to run the term since he fled from justice and that it would apply the current Criminal Code (more beneficial than that of 1973, according to which he was sentenced), which provides for the limitation to 30-year sentences more than 20 years in prison.

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 Ibáñez, Luis Javier Benavides Orgaz and Francisco Javier Sauquillo, the Law student Serafín Holgado and an administrative, Ángel Rodríguez Leal. There were also four serious injuries.

García Juliá was carrying out 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, accompanied him 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”.

With the capture in Brazil of Garcia Julia closes a tassel, but you plan to the question about the whereabouts of the main escapee of the slaughter: Fernando Lerdo de Tejada, a fugitive from Spanish justice since 1979, when he fled from Spain before sitting down on the bench. THE COUNTRY reported that the latest arrest warrant issued against this gunman by the Central Court 1 of the National court was ceased in 2015 and that the fugitive was a free man.

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.