Four ETA terrorists jailed for bomb thefts
28 October 2005, PARIS - Three Spaniards and a Frenchman belonging to the Spanish Basque separatist group ETA were sentenced to 18 years each in prison for stealing explosive used in attacks in Spain.
28 October 2005
PARIS - Three Spaniards and a Frenchman belonging to the Spanish Basque separatist group ETA were sentenced to 18 years each in prison for stealing explosive used in attacks in Spain.
A Paris court handed down the terms to Gregorio Vicario Setien, 47,Alberto Ilundain Iriarte, 43, Maria-Dolores Lopez-Resina, 54, all three of Spanish nationality, and Frenchman Didier Aguerre, 29.
The four responded to the verdict by defiantly raising a fist and yelling "Long Live ETA!"
More than 800 people have been killed in an ETA campaign begun under Spain's Franco dictatorship to set up an independent Basque homeland straddling the Pyrenees.
The prosecution had sought 20-year sentences for all the accused, who Were found guilty of stealing 1.6 tonnes of dynamite in the 2001 heist, as well as fuses and detonators at a depot near Grenoble in eastern France from which another ETA team had robbed more than eight tonnes of dynamite two years previously.
The court was told that a squad of at least six attackers burst into the company premises, seized several hostages and stole the explosives.
Investigators said part of the haul was recovered but the rest was used in bomb attacks in Spain.
They said 45 attacks and 15 bomb attempts that could have been Perpetrated using material stolen from the plant had caused the deaths of eight victims including a six-year-old child.
A fifth suspect, Ohiane Errazquin Galdos, took his life in 2004 while remanded in custody under investigation at a jail near Paris.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news