ETA pair who killed policeman jailed for 75 years

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14 July 2005, MADRID — Spain's High Court has jailed two ETA killers for a total of 75 years for carrying out a car bombing in which a police officer died.

14 July 2005

MADRID — Spain's High Court has jailed two ETA killers for a total of 75 years for carrying out a car bombing in which a police officer died.

Aitor Olaizola Baseta and Eider Pérez Aristizábal were convicted of the bombing in March 2001 at thel hotel Montecarlo in Rosas, in Catalonia, north-east Spain.

Santos Santamaría, a police officer, was killed in the attack.

The two ETA terrorists were convicted of three offences of carrying out a terrorist attack in which someone died, being involved in a terrorist campaign and injuring people in a terrorist bombing.

The explosion also injured another police officer and a French national.

Olaizola and Pérez  were part of an ETA unit which planned attacks on tourist resorts on the Costa Brava.

After undergoing a training course, they were supplied with a car bomb containing 50kg of explosives.

They both headed towards Rosas, one in a car, the other on a motorbike to look out for police patrols.

The planted the car bomb outside the hotel late at night with the objective of causing the highest number of casualties possible, the court ruled.

After a warning call, the police tried to evacuate local people.

But Santamaría, 32, was caught in the blast and killed instantly.

Aitor Olaizola and Eider Pérez, who were arrested nine days after the killing, were ordered to pay EUR 300,000 compensation to the family of the victim.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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