Eta suspect to be extradited to Spain
12 July 2004, LONDON — The High Court ordered the extradition Monday to Spain of a suspected Eta terrorist for an attack on a bank seven years ago.
12 July 2004
LONDON — The High Court ordered the extradition Monday to Spain of a suspected Eta terrorist for an attack on a bank seven years ago.
Iñigo Makazaga Castillo will not be extradited for the charge which he originally faced – the attempted murder of a police officer.
Makazaga, who was arrested in Dover in April 2001, is accused of an attempted attack on a branch of the Banco Santander Central Hispano in 1997.
The British Home Office Minister David Blunkett will now have the final say if Makazaga should be extradited to Spain.
Two judges ruled there was not sufficient evidence to deport Makazaga for the alleged attack on a police officer.
However, they rejected claims by the defendant that he could not be extradited for the bank charge.
The 26-year-old was arrested in Dover went he was about to leave Britain for France using a false passport.
A British court condemned him to six months jail for the passport offence and he was ordered to be extradited. Makazaga appealed against the decision.
Spain claimed Makazaga was linked to a series of terrorist activities in his own country.
Among those, he was accused of helping to organise an attack on a military base in Vitoria in the Basque Country in 1997, in which two people were injured. This charge was later dropped.
He was also charged with placing a bomb under the car of a police officer in May the same year, trying to destroy a bank cash machine and having Molotov cocktails.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news