ETA prisoner kept child apart to 'preserve origins'
9 September 2005, MADRID — Spain's supreme court has condemned the conduct of an ETA prisoner who would not let her daughter mix with other prisoners' children in order to 'preserve her Basque origins'.
9 September 2005
MADRID — Spain's supreme court has condemned the conduct of an ETA prisoner who would not let her daughter mix with other prisoners' children in order to 'preserve her Basque origins'.
The prisoner, who was serving her sentence in Granada at the time, stopped her daughter from seeing other prisoners' children and would not let her go to the kindergarten.
The Audiencia Nacional, Spain's most senior court, has condemned the ETA prisoner for abusing the rights of the child.
The mother was not named to preserve the identity of the girl.
The case came to light alter the ETA prisoner complained to prison authorities that her child's rights were being abused.
She said the child had been denied "physical and psychiatric development".
The ETA prisoner's complaints were rejected.
The upper court found that because the child was not allowed to mix with other prisoners' children she was missing out on normal things which she should enjoy at her age.
The court ruled the child was being subjected to "anachronistic isolation".
The ETA prisoner was transferred to another prison in Valladolid in northern Spain where there is no kindergarten.
In some Spanish jails, some prisoners are allowed to see their children on a full-time basis.
ETA, the Basque terrorist organisation, has killed more than 850 people in a campaign over more than 30 years for separation of the Basque Country in north Spain from Madrid.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news