ETA's political wing faces ban for terrorist links
24 March 2005, MADRID-The attorney general will seek to ban a Basque separatist party which it is claimed is a "creation of ETA", the proscribed terrorist organisation.
24 March 2005
MADRID-The attorney general will seek to ban a Basque separatist party which it is claimed is a "creation of ETA", the proscribed terrorist organisation.
Aukera Guztiak (AG) is allegedly a party which has been created to represent the banned Basque terror group.
AG had hoped to stand in the regional elections in the Basque country, planned for next month.
But the Attorney General will apply to Spain's Supreme Court to remove AG from the electoral list at a hearing which which will start on Thursday.
Judges are expected to make a decision on Saturday.
The Attorney General claims that AG is another version of Batasuna, the banned political arm of ETA.
It is claimed that it is directly run by ETA, even though it claims to be independent.
And it is also claimed that at least 6,000 supporters of the party are linked to radical left-wing groups and another party called the Basque National Liberation Movement.
AG has also refused to condemn ETA violence which the Attorney General claims is evidence it is subject to the "discipline of ETA".
AG has the same organisation and infrastructure as the banned Batasuna party.
The Supreme Court is to meet on Thursday and may hear the case over the next day, despite the Easter holiday.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news