ETA would-be assassins go on trial

19th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

19 July 2004, MADRID – The trial started Monday of two of Spain's most high-profile ETA terrorists who are accused of trying to kill the former head of the Supreme Court.

19 July 2004

MADRID – The trial started Monday of two of Spain's most high-profile ETA terrorists who are accused of trying to kill the former head of the Supreme Court.

Idoia López Riaño and Santiago Arróspide Sarasola, nicknamed 'Santi Potros', are accused of the attempted murder of Antonio Hernández Gil.

The pair allegedly planted a car bomb intending to kill Gil in 1986.

If convicted, they could receive 66 years in jail for each of the three charges they face.

The two were arrested in France in 1987 and documents linked them to the failed attack on the then president of the Supreme Court.

The pair formed part of the so-called 'Madrid Commando' of ETA terrorists who were based in the capital.

The attack took place in May 1986, when the pair stole a car and planted the bomb inside.

It was double-parked on the route that Gil's car took that day.

But his chauffeur became suspicious and drove off at speed through a red traffic light in an effort to escape the attempted assassination.

The pair are accused of setting off the bomb, but it failed to go off in the boot of the car.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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