Basque group banned from Euro poll

19th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

19 May 2004, MADRID – Spain's Supreme Court granted Wednesday the state prosecutor's request that Basque separatist group Herritarren Zerrenda (HZ) be banned from standing in the European elections.

19 May 2004

MADRID – Spain's Supreme Court granted Wednesday the state prosecutor's request that Basque separatist group Herritarren Zerrenda (HZ) be banned from standing in the European elections.

The state prosecutor claimed HZ was too like Batasuna, the political party which was banned last year for links with Basque terror group ETA.

One issue at stake was whether or not to deny HZ members access to the electoral roll, which includes Spanish citizens' personal details.

HZ will have 24 hours to present any appeal against the decision.

The Government claimed 33 of the 56 HZ candidates had "clear links" with Batasuna, ETA, the MLNV, Segi or other illegal Basque organisations.

It asked the Supreme Court to ban it from getting access to the electoral roll.

It will also be banned from standing in the 13 June elections.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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