ETA leaders in courtas terror group suffers new blow

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8 October 2004, MADRID- Two top suspected members of Spain's armed Basque separatist group ETA were indicted in Paris early Friday, a source close to the case said.

8 October 2004

MADRID- Two top suspected members of Spain's armed Basque separatist group ETA were indicted in Paris early Friday, a source close to the case said.

Mikel "Antza" Albizu Iriarte, ETA's presumed political leader and chief theoretician, was indicted for "leadership and organisation of an association of terrorist criminals," which could lead to a 20-year prison sentence.

His girlfriend and suspected former ETA military leader Soledad "Antobo" Iparragirre Genetxea faces an indictment for "leadership of an association of terrorist criminals," and also faces a 20-year sentence.

Meanwhile, Spanish anti-terrorist police said they had arrested two more suspected members of Spain's armed Basque separatist group ETA.

One man was arrested, in a suburb of Basque port city San Sebastian and the other, a woman,  at Miravalles some 60 kilometres (40 miles) further west, police said late Thursday.

Spanish media named the woman arrested at San Sebastian as Ascension Canellada Arrayoz, 50, and said 55-year-old Jose Luis Beotegui Ibanez de Opakua had been arrested at Miravalles.

Over the past week, Spanish police have hauled in seven ETA suspects following last weekend's dawn raid in France by French police which netted 17 people, including Mikel "Antza" Albizu Iriarte and Soledad "Anboto" Iparragirre Genetxea.

Spain's Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso said five arrests made in Spain on Wednesday were the result of "information obtained during that operation."

Additionally, Spanish police on 3 October questioned a lorry driver in the northern city of Burgos who is suspected of planting bombs at electric pylons in the Basque Country last month.

ETA has been campaigning for an independent homeland in parts of northern Spain and southwestern France since its creation in 1959.

It has been blamed for the deaths of 817 people since it began armed violence in 1968, according to a poll published on Monday by Spain's El Pais newspaper.

Both Spain and France hailed the French raid which turned up "Antza" as an "historic" victory and vowed to further step up already wide-ranging cooperation in a bid to bring about ETA's final demise.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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