A 35-year-old Moroccan was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday for planning an assassination attempt during the Spanish Clasico between top clubs FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The National Court of Justice in the capital Madrid pronounced the penalty because Yassin Amrani had planned to steer a drone equipped with a bomb into the Camp Nou stadium, where it was supposed to explode.
Amrani, who was convicted via wiretaps, admitted his guilt. The public prosecutor’s office demanded nine years in prison for “active participation in a terrorist organization”, but did not get through.
Amrani is said to have become radicalized a few years ago and to belong to the jihadist militia Islamic State.
It is unclear when the assassination should have taken place. Amrani, who has lived in Barcelona for twelve years, was arrested in May 2020 and has been behind bars ever since.