ETA leader Pototo again extradited to Spain

25th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 April 2006, MADRID – One of ETA's most infamous leaders has been extradited from France to Spain for the third time, announced police sources on Tuesday.

25 April 2006

MADRID – One of ETA's most infamous leaders has been extradited from France to Spain for the third time, announced police sources on Tuesday.

Julian Achurra Egurola, known as Pototo, was handed over on Monday evening at the request of the judge of the National Court number five. He appeared before Judge Ismael Moreno on Tuesday to face charges of criminal damage.

He was refused bail and will be held in custody until his trial.

Pototo, who has already been sentenced to 142 years' prison by Spanish courts, was transferred from prison in France by plane, arriving at Madrid airport around 7.30pm on Monday.

Last year, Pototo was sentenced to 32 years in jail for ordering the kidnapping of prison civil servant Jose Antonio Ortega Lara in 1996. Lara spent 532 days trapped in a 3.5m room and was found in a poor physical state, having lost 23 kilos, when he was finally freed by the Civil Guard.

The band would have killed Ortega Lara five days later if he hadn’t been rescued by police.

Pototo will be returned to France after his latest Spanish trial. He must complete a prison sentence handed out by the French courts before being permanently extradited to Spain.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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