Spanish authorities imposed extra security for the trial, including a retrofitted courthouse designed especially for terrorism cases. Police helicopters and guards with machine guns patrolled the grounds. In the courtroom, all but one of the 24 defendants sat on benches inside a large bulletproof-glass cage that isolated them from their lawyers, prosecutors, and the three-judge panel hearing the case
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According to Russian officials, the detainees are employees of the private security company who were on their way to Latin America via Minsk and Istanbul. Lukashenko calls Russian officials liars