Attorney general predicts Basque radical party ban

22nd January 2008, Comments 0 comments

Attorney General Candido Conde-Pumpido expressed confidence Monday that the High Court will prevent a radical Basque party from fielding candidates in the 9 March general election.

22 January 2008

MADRID - Attorney General Candido Conde-Pumpido expressed confidence Monday that the High Court will prevent a radical Basque party from fielding candidates in the 9 March general election after it emerged that police have investigated its alleged links to terrorism.

The suspension of the political activities of Basque Nationalist Action (ANV) would be a first step in outlawing the party, suspected of having strong links to ETA and its illegal political wing Batasuna.

"I'm confident that it will be suspended before the election," Conde-Pumpido told reporters.

According to a preliminary report by Judge Baltasar Garzón, ANV shares money and information with Batasuna and the Communist Party of the Basque Lands (EHAK), also suspected of having links to terrorism.

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