Celebrity chefs in court over ETA cash claims

4th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

4 November 2004, MADRID-Two celebrity chefs were expected to appear in court on Thursday in connection with allegations of paying cash to help finance the Basque terrorist group ETA.

4 November 2004

MADRID-Two celebrity chefs were expected to appear in court on Thursday in connection with allegations of paying cash to help finance the Basque terrorist group ETA.

Karlos Arguiñano and Martín Berasategui will appear in court as witnesses in connection with allegations that two other leading chefs paid a 'revolutionary tax' to the Basque separatist organisation.

Juan Mari Arzak and Pedro Subijana appeared in court last week to answer allegations they paid up to EUR 70,000 to ETA. They have denied the allegations.

The allegations shocked Spain because the cooks, who are all Basque, are household names who appear on television regularly and have been credited with elevating the reputation of the region's cuisine.

The allegations were made by ETA prisoner José Luis Beotegui, who claimed they had paid the so-called 'revolutionary tax'.

In Spain it is illegal to pay cash to the terrorist organisation.

Beotegui said he did not know if Arguiñano and Berasategui had paid money to the organisation.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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