Basque deputies charged with ETA membership

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28 February 2005, MADRID-Top Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon charged two Basque deputies with membership of the armed separatist group ETA, a court source said.

28 February 2005

MADRID-Top Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon charged two Basque deputies with membership of the armed separatist group ETA, a court source said.

Garzon charged Joseba Permach and Joseba Alvarez, members of the nationalist Basque party Sozialista Abertzaleak, with ETA membership and ordered they stand trial.

Hardline Basque regional deputies formed Sozialista Abertzaleak after Spanish authorities banned Batasuna in 2003, considering it to be the political wing
of ETA, which has been blamed for more than 800 deaths in a four-decade struggle for an independent Basque state.

Baltasar also issued an international arrest warrant for former Batasuna deputy Jose Antonio Urruticoetxea, "Josu Ternera", currently on the run.

Urruticoetxea, a former high-ranking ETA official, is believed to have resumed an influential role in the organisation.

Last month, Garzon charged 36 suspected Batasuna members with ETA membership, as part of his ongoing investigations of ETA and its allies.

Batasuna is regarded as a terrorist organisation by the US State Department and the European Union.

Garzon, who gained international attention for the arrest in 1998 in London of former Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, left later on Monday for
New York where he will teach courses on international terrorism for nine months.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

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