Justice in store after terrorist kills man who saved his life
11 January 2006, MADRID — An ETA terrorist who killed a man who saved his life when he was a baby may finally have to pay his victim's widow an unlikely form of compensation.
11 January 2006
MADRID — An ETA terrorist who killed a man who saved his life when he was a baby may finally have to pay his victim's widow an unlikely form of compensation.
Ramon Baglietto, a former mayor, saved Kandido Azpiazu from a lorry which was about to run him and his mother over.
But 19 years later, Azpiazu returned the favour by blowing up Baglietto in a ETA attack.
Now almost 26 years after the murder, Baglietto's widow, Pilar Elias, has won the first step in a long-running battle for compensation which will have repercussions for hundreds of other victims of terrorism in Spain.
After he emerged from prison for Baglietto's murder, Azpiazu opened a shop directly underneath the flat where Elias lives, reminding her on a daily basis of her husband's killer.
The country's leading anti-terrorist court, the Audiencia Nacional, has now ruled it is to investigate if Azpiazu is liable to pay compensation in the form of his shop to Elias.
In 1980, Azpiazu and another ETA terrorist, José Ignacio Zuazolazigorraga murdered Baglietto, a former mayor from the Central Democratic Union party, the forerunner of today's conservative Popular Party.
Both terrorists were jailed for life and ordered to pay compensation in 1981 but were declared bankrupt and the family of the victim received nothing.
After a 19-year battle through the courts, the state finally paid Elias EUR 72,000 plus EUR 42,000 to both of her children in compensation in 2000.
But when Azpiazu was released he opened a glassware store in the same block where Elias lives in the Basque town of Azkoitia.
Elias said after the court decision: "I am very satisfied. We felt totally forgotten for 25 years.
"This could help other victims of terrorism."
The court decision is the first time Spain's Audiencia Nacional has ruled the goods of former ETA prisoners may be seized by their victims or relatives by way of compensation.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news