The Spanish Prime Minister has not excluded possibility of change of punishment for terrorism

© AP Photo / Andre Lepperdinger-the Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy. Archival photoThe Spanish Prime Minister has not excluded possibility of change of punishment for terrorism© AP Photo / Andre Penner

The Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy has not ruled out amending articles of the criminal code as part of the punishment for committing terrorist acts.

At a press conference following the meeting with the Council of Ministers Rajoy said that «Spain has twice amended the penal code in the fight against terrorism» and added that «if necessary it can be done again.» The head of the Spanish government stated that «terrorists are changing their behavior in the organization and Commission of terrorist acts», and that the government «needs to do the same.»

Rajoy stressed that the security forces of Spain from the first moment following the terrorist attacks coordinated with colleagues from Barcelona. He also said that the crisis Cabinet «activated all protocols» set forth in such cases.

On the afternoon of 17 August, the van drove into a crowd of people in the area of Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Responsibility for the attack claimed by the terrorist group ISIS* (banned in Russia). Later in the day a similar incident occurred in Alicante, 120 km from Barcelona. According to official data, as a result of the terrorist attacks in Spain 15 people killed, 130 injured.

According to militiamen, the group behind the attacks were 12 people. Four of them were arrested, five were destroyed after the attack in Marbella. Two more, including the main organizer of the terrorist attacks, the Imam of Abdelbaki es-Sati, died on the eve of the attacks in an explosion at a house in Alcanar, where terrorists were preparing a bomb. The driver of the van ran over the crowd in Barcelona, 22-year-old Moroccan Younes Abuaku, were eliminated during a special operation in Subirats on August 21.

*Banned in Russia as a terrorist organization