Fate of Eta hunger striker sparks political row
13 February 2007, MADRID — A bitter political row blew up on Tuesday over the fate of Spain's most controversial Eta prisoner who could be released within a year.
13 February 2007
MADRID — A bitter political row blew up on Tuesday over the fate of Spain's most controversial Eta prisoner who could be released within a year.
The supreme court cut the jail term of Eta hunger striker Inaki Juana de Chaos from 12 to three years.
It is possible he could be set free within a year as he has completed half of his three year term.
The case is controversial as De Juana Chaos, who served 18 years for the murder of 25 people in Eta terrorist attacks, went on hunger strike in protest at a new 12 year jail term for writing two articles.
The supreme court ruled on Monday the articles exhalted terrorism but did not make specific terrorist threats.
His release will be seen by the right as a victory for Eta and a defeat for the government.
But if he had died on hunger strike he would have created a martyr for Eta.
The president of the opposition Popular Party, Mariano Rajoy, said, though he respected the decision of the independent judiciary, he would have kept De Juana Chaos in jail to complete his term.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news