ETA expels members who called for end to war
5 December 2005, BILBAO — The terrorist group ETA has expelled six former leading figures who called for the Basque separatist organisation to end its armed struggle.
5 December 2005
BILBAO — The terrorist group ETA has expelled six former leading figures who called for the Basque separatist organisation to end its armed struggle.
According to the regional paper Diario de Noticias de Álava, ETA has officially expelled Francisco Múgica Garmendia 'Pakito', Ignacio Arakama Mendia 'Makario', Carlos Almorza Arrieta 'Pedrito de Andoin', Ignacio Bilbao Beaskoetxea 'Iñaki Lemona', Kepa Solana and Koldo Aparicio.
All are serving prison sentences.
They signed a letter in August 2004 calling for the end of terrorist attacks.
But in a statement from ETA, published by the newspaper on Monday, the original letter from the prisoners was said to have "given the enemy the chance to make the issue public".
They were accused by ETA of going against the organisation's strategy and committing a "clear lack of discipline".
ETA said that the prisoners' had violated the "norms which needed to be respected".
It added that anything they might say in the future should be considered personal statements.
ETA has killed more than 850 people in more than 37 years of terrorist attacks.
After a series of important arrests of leading figures in recent years, it was thought to be close to declaring a truce.
But it has continued to carry out a series of minor attacks on property. No-one has been killed for more than two years.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news