Batasuna leader charged with being member of ETA

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2 June 2005, MADRID — A Spanish high court judge has charged former Basque deputy Arnaldo Otegi of the banned nationalist group Batasuna with membership of armed separatist group ETA, judicial sources said.

2 June 2005

MADRID — A Spanish high court judge has charged former Basque deputy Arnaldo Otegi of the banned nationalist group Batasuna with membership of armed separatist group ETA, judicial sources said.

The sources said Otegi would appear in court on 8 June to answer the charge of belonging to the group blamed for more than 800 deaths in a four-decade attempt to win an independent Basque homeland straddling the Pyrenees in northern Spain and south western France.

Also charged was fellow former Batasuna legislator Jon Salaberria, who is currently on the run.

The charges come two weeks after Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero received the backing of parliament to start dialogue with ETA if it lays down its arms.

The charges against Otegi and Salaberria are likely to be interpreted as disrupting any hopes of opening peace talks.

Gerry Adams, leader of the IRA's political wing Sinn Fein, said when Otegi appeared in court last week it was an error to charge him at a point when peace talks could be possible.

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Subject: Spanish news

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