French police capture another ETA suspects.
26 July 2007 , MADRID – French police have arrested three suspected members of Basque separatistgroup ETA, reported Spanish media on Thursday, citing sources close to the investigation.
26 July 2007
MADRID – French police have arrested three suspected members of Basque separatist
group ETA, reported Spanish media on Thursday, citing sources close to the investigation.
Among them is Juan Cruz Maiza Artola, a 56-year-old man who Spanish police believe
is ETA’s current head of planning. A French court sentenced him to nine years’ prison in 2005 as part of a trial of 15 ETA suspects.
Spanish newspaper El Pais says he was among representatives sent by ETA to meet
government representatives during the recent failed peace process.
The group called a cease-fire in March 2006, but grew frustrated with a lack of
government concessions in ensuing peace talks, and set off a huge bomb at Madrid
airport on 30 December, killing two people. It insisted then that the truce was
still in effect, but finally declared it formally over last month, and Spanish
security forces have been on alert ever since.
The other two suspects arrested are Iker Iparraguirre Galagarra - who is on the
police’s list of most-wanted terrorists – and Galder Biohtz Cornago.
The three, who were under surveillance, were arrested in a flat in the south east of
France and police sources have not ruled out further arrests.
The captures come a day after two small explosive devices detonated in northern
Spain along a route used by the Tour de France cycling race. A warning call was made
by ETA. No one was injured.
On Wednesday, French police also captured Pablo Aperribai Bediagi in Bayonne,
another ETA suspect who has been on the run from Spain since 2005.
Police believe Aperribai Bediagi hid the ETA member in his home who tried to kill
the Spanish king in 2004. They also think he belonged to an ETA group which planned
the murders of politicians.
(Copyright EFE with Expatica)
Subject: Spanish News