'ETA leader' extradited for notorious murder
15 December 2005, MADRID — A suspected ETA terrorist accused of playing a part in the murder of a councillor seven years ago was extradited to Spain.
15 December 2005
MADRID — A suspected ETA terrorist accused of playing a part in the murder of a councillor seven years ago was extradited to Spain.
The kidnap and murder of Miguel Ángel Blanco in 1997 led to street protests across Spain in which an estimated six million Spaniards demonstrated.
Blanco was a Basque Popular Party councillor and his killing marked a new low in ETA violence and a surge in opposition against the separatist group.
Javier García Gaztelu, alias 'Txapote', was delivered to Madrid where he is to stand trial with Irantzu Gallastegui, who faces the same charges.
Only one person has been convicted in relation to the case.
Eibar Ibon Muñoa, a member of the banned Basque party Batasuna, was jailed for 33 years.
A fourth suspect, José Luis Geresta Múgica, committed suicide in 1999.
Gaztelu, who was considered the leader of ETA at the time of the murder, was arrested in France in 2001.
He was convicted of belonging to a proscribed terrorist organisation and other offences and has served time in French jails since then.
In July 1997, Blanco was kidnapped as he went to a railway station.
Despite a huge police operation, he was shot 48 hours later.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news