Batasuna leader in court on terrorist charges

25th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 May 2005, MADRID — Two former members of the banned political party Batasuna were appearing in court accused of being members of the terrorist organisation ETA.

25 May 2005

MADRID — Two former members of the banned political party Batasuna were appearing in court accused of being members of the terrorist organisation ETA.

The leader of Batasuna, Arnaldo Otegi, and Jon Salaberria were appearing before Spain's supreme court, the Audiencia Nacional.

Salaberria is also answering charges of paying what is called a "revolutionary tax" or extortion money levied by ETA.

Anyone who pays extortion money can be convicted of a criminal offence, even if they are the victims of ETA's campaign of blackmail.

Batasuna was banned for its alleged links to ETA, the proscribed Basque separatist organisation.

But before its ban, both Otegi and Salaberria, both represented Batasuna in the Basque regional assembly.

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Subject: Spanish news


 

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