Judge jails two Batasuna leaders for ETA links

19th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 October 2007, MADRID - (AFP) - Spain's top anti-terrorist judge ordered more two senior members of a banned Basque separatist party held in jail for "belonging to a terrorist organisation," judicial sources said.

19 October 2007

MADRID - (AFP) -  Spain's top anti-terrorist judge ordered more two senior members of a banned Basque separatist party held in jail for "belonging to a terrorist organisation," judicial sources said.

One of them, Gorka Diaz, presented himself voluntarily before the judge, Baltasar Garzon, who had issued a warrant for his arrest after a search of his home on Tuesday.

Asier Imaz was arrested on Monday in the Basque region as part of an investigation by Garzon in which 17 other leaders of Batasuna, the political wing of the armed separatist group ETA, are already in custody.

Batasuna has been banned since 2003 for refusing to condemn violence and cut its links to ETA, which has killed 819 people during almost four decades of fighting for Basque independence.

Both Batasuna and ETA are considered terrorist organisations by the European Union and the United States.

The head of Batasuna, Arnaldo Otegi, was jailed in June for the crime of "glorifying terrorism."

The crackdown on the party comes after ETA called off a 15-month-old ceasefire in June.

Spain's chief prosecutor, Candido Conde-Pumpido, said Thursday there would "probably be other arrests" among the Batasuna leadership.

The most senior party leader still at large, Pernando Berrena, said on Wednesday that Batasuna was preparing to replace the jailed leaders.

Barrena had issued a "declaration of war" against the Spanish government and warned of a "new cycle of violence" after police on October 4 arrested almost the entire leadership of the party at a meeting.

[Copright Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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