Extortionists claiming to be ETA terrorists arrested
Police have arrested five people who attempted to obtain money from businesses across Spain by sending them phoney letters pretending to be members of ETA.21 January 2008
MADRID - Police have arrested five people who attempted to obtain money from businesses across Spain by sending them phoney letters pretending to be members of ETA, which regularly uses this method for extortion purposes.
In early January, several companies received threatening letters asking for between EUR 15,000 and EUR 50,000, depending on the size of the firms.
There was an especially puzzling sentence for antiterrorist experts, ordering recipients to send an SMS to a cell phone number in order to receive further instructions. Police followed the lead and arrested five people, including the Sevillian owner of a Chinese import store and two Brazilian men who appeared on Madrid's Gran Vía to collect the money.
Meanwhile, a real ETA member, José Javier Arizkuren, better known as Kantauri, was sentenced on Thursday to an 82-year term for his role in a bomb attack against a police squad in August 1987 that resulted in two deaths. Kantauri, who was the top ETA leader between 1994 and 1999, also ordered the assassination of Socialist leader Fernando Múgica.
[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]
Subject: Spanish news