ETA bomber jailed for 351 years
A convicted ETA terrorist was Thursday starting a 351-year sentence for his role in the 1996 bombing of an army bus in the southern city of Cordoba, which killed one soldier.
23 September 2004
MADRID - A convicted ETA terrorist was Thursday starting a 351-year sentence for his role in the 1996 bombing of an army bus in the southern city of Cordoba, which killed one soldier.
The Audiencia Nacional, the Spanish high court that handles terrorism cases, jailed Asier Ormazabal late Wednesday and ordered him to pay EUR 180,303 compensation to the relatives of Sgt. Miguel Angel Ayllon.
In December 1995, Ormazabal belonged to ETA's "Andalusia Command" along with Mikel Azurmendi Peñagaricano and Maite Pedrosa, who were previously convicted.
The three ETA members, who lived together in a Seville apartment rented by Ormazabal, "gathered the necessary information on the route of an army bus in Cordoba that was transporting military personnel" to a barracks.
The three arranged to have "a series of explosive devices placed in the path of the military vehicle in order to kill its occupants."
On the day of the attack, while Azurmendi and Pedrosa were returning to Seville, Ormazabal was in Cordoba waiting for the bus to travel through the area where the explosives had been placed.
When the bus arrived carrying some 20 passengers, Ormazabal "detonated the explosives from a distance ... causing the death of Sgt. Ayllon and wounding Capt. Antonio Duque Lozano and Lt. Antonio Granados Bermejo," who were waiting for the bus.
Another couple riding by in a car were also wounded in the attack.
The terrorist organization has killed some 850 people since it was formed in the 1960s, during the regime of Gen. Francisco Franco, who attempted to quash all expressions of regionalism.
Even though in 1978 a new democratic constitution gave the Spanish Basque provinces considerable autonomy, ETA continues to engage in bombings and assassinations in pursuit of complete independence.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news