Court rules group with ETA links is not terrorist

20th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 June 2005, MADRID — Spain's highest court has ruled a youth organisation with links to ETA was not a terrorist group and condemned 24 members of Segi to light sentences.

20 June 2005

MADRID — Spain's highest court has ruled a youth organisation with links to ETA was not a terrorist group and condemned 24 members of Segi to light sentences.

They were given jail terms of between two and three-and-a-half years for belonging to an illegal organisation.

Four other accused escaped any sentence.

The court ordered the dissolution of tree groups, Jarrai, Haika and Segi, but said they were not terrorist organisations.

The judge said though these groups backed the call for Basque separatism, like ETA, but they were not involved in terrorist activity or "the utilization of arms".

Sixteen leaders were condemned to three years while eight others received two-and-a-half years in jail.

Prosecutors had asked for ten years jail for each defendant.   

All walked free from court as they had been in custody before the trial and had completed their "preventative" sentences.

The Audiciencia Nacional said only ETA can be defined in law as a terrorist organisation as it used arms.

The 16 Segi leaders jailed for belonging to an illicit organisation were Olatz Dañobeitia, Ugaitz Elizaran, Olatz Carro, Ibon Meñica, Igor Ortega, Amaia Arrieta, Garazi Viteri, Garikoitz Etxebarria, Egoitz López de Lacalle, Aiboa Casares, Iker Frade, Unai González, Asier Iñigo Egizurain, David Lizarralde, Asier Ochoa de Retana and Jon Markel Ormazabal.

The other eight jailed for being active members of the the outlawed groups were Aiora Epelde, Gartzen Garayo, Igor Chillón, Xabier Abasolo, Gorka Betolaza, Arkaitz Martínez de Albéniz, Ainara Frade and Xabier Gogenola.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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