Couple pull out of politics after ETA death threat

13th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 April 2007 , BILBAO - A married couple who are deputies with the Popular Party announced they will give up politics after years of threats from ETA.

13 April 2007

BILBAO - A married couple who are deputies with the Popular Party announced they will give up politics after years of threats from ETA.

Ramón Gómez and Vanessa Vélez said they are to work in the private sector and look after their 10-month-old daughter, the Spanish daily El Mundo reported on Friday.

They said their decision was motivated after discovering ETA intended to kill them if Spain's most notorious terrorist Iñaki de Juana Chaos died while on hunger strike.

Amid widespread controversy, De Juana Chaos, who was convicted of killing 25 people,  gave up the hunger strike after he was granted permission to end his hunger strike under house arrest.

Police discovered paperwork during recent raids on the homes of ETA suspects which suggested the PP couple were a target.

Gomez was a PP deputy in San Sebastián and his wife was the mayor of Lasarte.

Both had been followed by ETA and had to have bodyguards.

Other ETA targets include a police officer and Pedro Miguéliz Txofo, a witness in a trial of ETA suspects.

Txofo had had his bodyguard withdrawn recently.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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