Judge probes claims rogue police tipped off ETA gang

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22 June 2006, MADRID — A judge is to investigate claims ETA was tipped off by rogue police officers about an operation against the terrorist organisation, it was reported on Thursday.

22 June 2006

MADRID — A judge is to investigate claims ETA was tipped off by rogue police officers about an operation against the terrorist organisation, it was reported on Thursday.

Judge Fernando Grande-Marlaska, who led this week's operation against ETA's extortion network, is investigating claims that members of the Basque separatist group were warned about a planned police operaton in May, the Spanish daily El Mundo reported.

On Tuesday, 12 ETA members were arrested in Spain and France. Seven were arrested in France and five in Spain.

But El Mundo claims the operation could have been carried out on 4 May.

It was called off after information was leaked to one member of the terrorist organisation that he was about to be arrested, the paper claims.

Joseba Elosúa, who was arrested this week, received a call from an unknown person who said he was about to be detained in an operation against ETA's extortion network.

Elosua is said to be ETA's head of financial operations.

Police have not commented on the allegations.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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