Founding father of ETA's political wing dies

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3 June 2005, SAN SEBASTIAN — Jon Idigoras, former leader of Herri Batasuna, the political arm of the Basque terrorist organisation ETA, has died.

3 June 2005

SAN SEBASTIAN — Jon Idigoras, former leader of Herri Batasuna, the political arm of the Basque terrorist organisation ETA, has died.

Idigoras died from a lung condition in a clinic in San Sebastian. He was 69.

In recent years, Idígoras had practically retired from politics though he had taken part in some public meetings.

But he had been one of the founding fathers of Workers Front of ETA, which had led to his arrest a number of times until 1974.

During the democracy, Idígoras had helped found the union LAB and Herri Batasuna, the political party which was banned last year for alleged links to ETA.

He escaped an armed attack in 1989, carried out by the right-wing GAL organisation, in which another Batasuna member died.

GAL had been linked to members of the then government and right-wing police and army officers.

In 1997, he was condemned to seven years in prison together with 22 other members of Herri Batasuna for collaborating with ETA.

But health problems led to his early release from prison.

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Subject: Spanish news

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