Batasuna councillors charged with ETA membership

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22 September 2004, MADRID - Twenty-one former elected local government officials were charged on Wednesday with having links to a terrorist organisation as part of Spain's two-year-old legal campaign against the Basque secessionist guerrilla group ETA, court sources said.

22 September 2004

MADRID - Twenty-one former elected local government officials were charged on Wednesday with having links to a terrorist organisation as part of Spain's two-year-old legal campaign against the Basque secessionist guerrilla group ETA, court sources said.

The 21 former mayors or town councillors, three of whom were already in custody, are members of Batasuna, the outlawed political wing of ETA, the source said.

They were indicted as ETA members or fund-raisers by examining magistrate Baltasar Garzon, who has accused Batasuna of taking orders from the military wing of the Basque independence movement.

The indictment alleged that after Batasuna was banned, the former officials regrouped in secret to continue fund-raising and helping with ETA's ideological struggle.

Before regional parliamentary elections held in March, Batasuna called on its supporters to put pro-independence leaflets disguised as voting slips into the ballot boxes. It later claimed that 120,000 had done so.

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Subject: Spanish news

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