Basque militant linked to ETA is extradited

25th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 April 2005, MADRID-A Basque militant linked to the terrorist group ETA was extradited to Spain from France.

25 April 2005

MADRID-A Basque militant linked to the terrorist group ETA was extradited to Spain from France.

Araitz Zubimendi, a 27-year-old former deputy of the banned Basque separatist party Batasuna, which acts as the political wing of the paramilitary Basque group ETA, was brought from France to Madrid under arrest.

Zubimendi, who like two other suspects was the object of a European-wide arrest warrant issued by Spain, was detained at her home in Bayonne in January.

She was arrested with two other suspects, Ibon Arbulu Rentaria, a former municipal councillor in Bilbao, northern Spain, and Unai Berrosteguieta.

The European arrest warrants were issued as part of a Spanish investigation into Segi, Haika and Jarria, which are youth organisations connected to ETA.

Batasuna, the main political face of the radical Basque movement, was banned in March 2003 and is considered the political mouthpiece of ETA, blamed for more than 800 deaths in its four-decade fight for an independent Basque homeland straddling the Pyrenees between Spain and France.

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

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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