ETA terrorist De Juana Chaos to testify in court

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Spanish judge summons Ignacio de Juana Chaos to appear in court over a letter glorifying terrorism that was read out in his name a homage ceremony

20 August 2008

MADRID - High Court Judge Eloy Velasco on Tuesday summoned ex-ETA terrorist Ignacio de Juana Chaos to appear in court to answer questions over a letter glorifying terrorism that was read out in his name in a homage ceremony.

The note was read before a crowd of around 500 people by an as-yet-unidentified woman at a homecoming party for De Juana in San Sebastián on 2 August coinciding with the ETA hitman's release from prison. De Juana, who served 21 years for 25 murders and for threatening prison officials, did not attend the event, which was organised by ETA sympathisers.

In the note attributed to him, De Juana reportedly described late ETA leader Txomin Iturbe as "a great man" and made use of a Basque expression meaning to kick the ball forward - a phrase that has been interpreted as calling for a continuation of ETA's armed campaign.

Prosecutors claim that those phrases in the context in which they were read could be a violation of laws against the glorification of terrorism. The crime carries a sentence of between one and two years in prison.

As part of his investigation, Judge Velasco Tuesday ordered that De Juana appear before a court in San Sebastián to answer a questionnaire about the letter and who wrote it.

De Juana was not at his home Tuesday and is thought to be in Ireland.

[El Pais / Julio M. Lazaro / Expatica]

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