Proceedings to begin in bid to outlaw Basque radical parties
The attorney general is due to initiate proceedings today to outlaw the Communist Party of the Basque Lands (EHAK-PCTV).29 January 2008
MADRID - The attorney general is due to initiate proceedings today to outlaw the Communist Party of the Basque Lands (EHAK-PCTV), presenting a case before the Supreme Court calling for the immediate suspension of its political activities due to alleged links to Basque terrorist group ETA.
If accepted by the court, the case will prevent the radical Basque party from fielding candidates in the 9 March general election and lead to the closure of its offices and freezing of its bank accounts. Basque Nationalist Action (ANV), another Basque party thought to have links to ETA, may share a similar fate once prosecutors finish compiling their case.
According to judicial sources, Attorney General Candido Conde-Pumpido is basing the case on evidence that EHAK-PCTV provided financial support to ETA's political wing Batasuna in violation of a 2003 Supreme Court ruling illegalising that party for its links to terrorism. In return, EHAK-PCTV and ANV allegedly received operational support from Batasuna.
"Information on the financial, political and organisational structure [of the two parties] leads to the conclusion that Batasuna has been instrumental in allowing PCTV and ANV to continue functioning at the service of [...] ETA," police said in a recent report on the organisations.
[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]
Subject: Spanish news