Communist party is accused of being ETA front
12 July 2005, MADRID — Spain's supreme court is to open an investigation into the alleged links between the Basque Communist Party and the terrorist group ETA.
12 July 2005
MADRID — Spain's supreme court is to open an investigation into the alleged links between the Basque Communist Party and the terrorist group ETA.
After complaints from the Association of the Victims of Terrorism, judge Fernando Grande-Marlaska has opened an inquiry into the alleged ties between the Communist Party of the Basque Lands (PCTV) and the terrorist organisation.
It follows complaints that during regional elections in the Basque Country earlier this year the PCTV was in fact a front for ETA.
PCTV, a pro-independence group endorsed by the outlawed Batasuna party, the political wing of ETA, won an unexpected eight seats, one better than Batasuna in the old parliament.
Basque Nationalists kept control of the Basque regional government but with fewer seats and after a disappointing response to their proposals for greater autonomy.
President Juan José Ibarretxe's Nationalists sought a convincing mandate to press the federal government into talks on his plan for autonomy verging on independence, but with 99 percent of the votes counted his party and a moderate ally had only 29 of the 75 seats, down from 33.
The judge ruled that the PCTV was accused of sharing the electoral aims of ETA and had acted as a political front for the outlawed Batasuna.
But while the investigation was underway the PCTV can still operate as a political party and its offices will remain open and its assets will not be frozen.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news