Row over release for ETA terrorist who killed 82

8th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

8 February 2006, MADRID — A row has blown up over the revelation that condemned ETA terrorist Henri Parot may walk out of prison in 2009 after serving only about 20 years of his 4,799-year sentence.

8 February 2006

MADRID —  A row has blown up over the revelation that condemned ETA terrorist Henri Parot may walk out of prison in 2009 after serving only about 20 years of his 4,799-year sentence.

Parot, who is held responsible for killing 82 people,  could benefit from the possibility - contained in the Criminal Indictment Law - that the total years of his various sentences could be combined into just one prison term of 30 years maximum, as established by the Spanish penal code.

Subtracting time off for good behaviour and other reasons, Parot - who has been in prison since his 1990 arrest in Seville after placing a car bomb - could wind up walking free after only some 20 years behind bars.

The controversy arose after the prosecutorial office at the National Court, Spain's tribunal that tries suspected terrorists for their alleged crimes, supported Parot's request to combine his many sentences into one.

The head of the opposition conservative Popular Party (PP), Mariano Rajoy, said that it was "absolutely intolerable and unacceptable ... (that Parot) could leave prison as a result of an interpretation that some have made of the law".

The president of the Association of Victims of Terrorism, Francisco Jose Alcaraz, meanwhile, called the position of the Supreme Court's prosecutor's office regarding Parot "atrocious and cruel," and he referred to the convicted terrorist as the country's "most abominable murderer".

But Socialist deputy Diego Lopez Garrido accused the PP of "manipulating (things) and acting in bad faith" when it referred to the decision by the prosecutorial board.

Parot soon will be tried for belonging to the ETA and conspiracy to commit murder regarding a letter he wrote in prison in which he suggested the carrying out of new attacks.

Legal officials said the trial might result in a new sentence, which might postpone his possible release in 2009.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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