Police arrest members of ETA prisoners' group

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7 December 2004, BAYONNE -French police arrest two members of a group which campaigns for the rights of ETA prisoners.

7 December 2004

BAYONNE -French police arrest two members of  a group which campaigns for the rights of ETA prisoners.

Jean-Francois Lefort, spokesman for Askatasuna, and his girlfriend Maiallen Carrer were arrested in Bayonne in south-west France.

Police raided the home which Lefort and Carrer share in the early hours and were still searching the property.

The arrests are not related to the prosecution of Lefort in 2003 and other members of his group.

The year before, Spain's anti-terrorist judge Baltasar Garzon declared Askatasuna illegal because of its close links to ETA, which is also a banned organisation.

Instead, police sources said the arrests were in connection with an on-going operation, which started last week, in which three suspected members of ETA were detained in the same part of France.

These arrests were linked to the arrests in October of ETA's political leader Mikel 'Antza' and his partner, Soledad Iparragirre, 'Anboto', in October.

The arrests of these two leaders dealt ETA its most serious blow for 12 years, when the then leadership was detained.

Two of those who were arrested last week were released without charge last Friday.

But a third person, Robert Arricau, a suspected link to 'Antza' and 'Anboto', remains in custody. His brother Didier Arricau is thought to have sheltered the two ETA leaders.

Iparragirre, 43, alias 'Anboto' started a hunger strike to protest at the conditions in jail and had to be hospitalised on Monday night.

Antza has also started a hunger strike in solidarity with his partner.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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