Alonso defends release of 'dirty war' ex-general

30th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

30 September 2004, MADRID - The Spanish government defended Thursday the decision to release from prison early a former general who was jailed for killing two ETA terrorists.

30 September 2004

MADRID - The Spanish government defended Thursday the decision to release from prison early a former general who was jailed for killing two ETA terrorists.

Interior Minister Antonio Alonso said the decision to release Enrique Rodríguez Galindo early was "perfectly constitutional and legal because of his age and the health of the prisoner".

Alonso made the statement at a meeting of EU interior ministers at  Scheveningen in the Hague, Holland Thursday.

Galindo was jailed for 75 years for the kidnap and murder in 1983 of two suspected ETA terrorists José Antonio Lasa and José Ignacio Zabala.

But he will be released in the next few days after medics found he was suffering from heart problems.

Alonso said: "The director general of prisons is a person in whom I have confidence who has made this decision within the Constitution and the law."

Galindo is being released under strict conditions and his movements will be monitored.

The decision has been widely attacked by nationalist political parties in the Basque Country.

Margarita Uría, justice spokesman of the PNV, one Basque nationalist party, said though the government had defended Galindo's release as " a humanitarian idea", she found it "repugnant" to see him walking free.

Galindo was part of a dirty-war waged against ETA during the 1980s, when certain elements of the army and Spanish police took it into their own hands to kidnap and kill members of the Basque terrorist organisation.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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