ETA plot to kill King Juan Carlos revealed

16th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

16 February 2005, MADRID- A suspected ETA sniper who is under arrest had planned to kill Spanish King Juan Carlos last April, Spanish newspapers reported.

16 February 2005

MADRID- A suspected ETA sniper who is under arrest had planned to kill Spanish King Juan Carlos last April, Spanish newspapers reported.

The organisation recruited Javier Perez Aldunate, arrested in the Basque region last Friday, to kill the monarch with a sniper rifle during a visit to Palma de Mallorca, the dailies El Mundo and La Razon said, quoting police and anti-terrorist sources.

Juan Carlos spent several days on the Mediterranean island just weeks after the 11 March train bombings in Madrid, in which Islamic extremists killed 191 people in Spain's worst ever terrorist attack.

The 31-year-old Aldunate was picked up on suspicion of ETA collaboration, during a police crackdown which netted 18 suspects last week.

A sniper rifle was found at his flat near the Basque town of Basauri, as was a list of names of politicians and members of the security forces.

Aldunate allegedly went to Mallorca where the king was attending a Davis Cup tennis tie between 9-11 April.

An accomplice was supposed to supply him with a rifle but for some reason the handover did not take place, according to the papers, which reported that Aldunate had received special training on how to use the weapon in France.

Aldunate was due to appear before judge Baltasar Garzon on Wednesday, who was to determine whether he should be remanded in custody after initial questioning.

ETA is held responsible for the deaths of more than 800 people in a four-decade campaign for independence for the northern Basque region straddling the Pyrenees.

Last Wednesday, the group claimed to be behind a car bomb in a Madrid business park which injured 42 people, hours before Juan Carlos was due to visit the venue.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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