ETA consults jailed prisoners over return to violence

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Sources say ETA has been consulting its jailed members on whether to take up arms following the official end of a ceasefire a year ago.

3 June 2008

ZARAGOZA - ETA has been consulting its jailed members on the subject of a return to full-blown violence following the official end of a ceasefire a year ago, law enforcement services said.

After intercepting several messages from the Basque terrorist group's leaders to prisoners, authorities believe this is not a real consultation, as the decision to take up arms again has already been made.

Instead, the goal of the consultation is likely to achieve internal cohesion and to make prisoners feel that their opinion matters, the same sources said. Less hope of a ceasefire means prisoners cannot expect to see their terms reduced, or a deal in which they could be detained in jails nearer the Basque region.

An Interior Ministry report quoted by the news service Europa Press states that the Basque terrorist group has also got in touch with "the refugees," that is to say ETA members who have fled to other countries to escape Spanish jurisdiction.

The initiative comes shortly after the 20 May arrest in Bordeaux, France of Francisco Javier López Peña, considered one of ETA's leading figures. This arrest has led intelligence services to fear that ETA is planning a significant attack to show that its damaging power is still intact.

[El Pais / Miguel Gonzalez / Expatica]

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