Otegi wins appeal against terrorism jail term

18th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 January 2006, MADRID — The leader of the banned Basque separatist party Batasuna has won his appeal against a jail term for glorifying terrorism.

18 January 2006

MADRID — The leader of the banned Basque separatist party Batasuna has won his appeal against a jail term for glorifying terrorism.

He was condemned to 15 months in prison for paying homage to ETA terrorist Olaia Castresana  who was blown up with his own explosives in Alicante in 2001.

Otegi allegedly paid homage to the "fallen Basque soldier" during the dead terrorist's funeral the same year.

But the Supreme Court annulled the sentence after Otegi claimed a lower court in the Basque Country was not impartial.

He will now face a retrial on the same charges.

If he had not won his appeal, he would have started his prison term.

Otegi already faces one year in jail after being convicted of calling King Juan Carlos the "chief of the torturers".

He is to appeal against the charge.

Batasuna was the political wing of ETA until it was banned.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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