ETA hunger striker may be freed to save life

23rd January 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 January 2007, MADRID — Judges were considering on Wednesday freeing an ETA terrorist who is on hunger strike to save his life in move which was condemned by victims of the Basque separatist group.

24 January 2007

MADRID — Judges were considering on Wednesday freeing an ETA terrorist who is on hunger strike to save his life in move which was condemned by victims of the Basque separatist group.  

Jose Ignacio de Juana Chaos is in a ‘critical’ condition, said medics at the Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid.

De Chaos has been in hospital since 24 November since staging a hunger strike from August onwards over his conviction for 12 years for threatening prison guards at the jail where he was being held.

Now judges are considering reducing his sentence as a humanitarian move in order to save his life.

But the move was condemned by the Association of the Victims of Terrorism and the leader of the opposition conservative Popular Party Marian Rajoy as "blackmail".

The terrorist, who was convicted of 25 murders, had been at the end of an 18-year jail term when he was convicted for writing the threats in a letter to the pro-ETA Basque newpaper, Gara.

His case is significant because he were to die it would further heighten tension in the Basque Country, where he is seen by pro-ETA factions as a hero.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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