Second wanted ETA suspect arrested in Canada

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21 June 2007, MADRID - Canadian police have arrested a suspected member of the armed Basque separatist group ETA, Spanish authorities said.

21 June 2007

MADRID - Canadian police have arrested a suspected member of the armed Basque separatist group ETA, Spanish authorities said.

Ivan Apaolaza Sancho, 35, is suspected of carrying out an car bombing in Madrid in 2000, the first attack after the group had called off a 18-month cease-fire in 1999, which killed Colonel Pedro Antonio Blanco, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Apaolaza was held in Quebec where he was living illegally under false documents, the statement added. He has been wanted in Spain since 2002 when the National Court issued an arrest warrant for him for terrorism.

It was the second arrest of an ETA suspect in Canada this month.

Last week Victor Tejedor Bilbao, 50, was detained in Vancouver, where he had been living since the late 1990s. He was picked up by Canadian authorities on June 1 and held on charges of being in the country illegally. He is wanted for the attempted murder of a newspaper executive in 1981.

ETA has killed more than 800 people since 1968 in its campaign for a separate Basque state. It is classified as a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union.

ETA called off a 15-month cease fire with the Spanish government last week, blaming it for wrecking the peace process and saying it will be "active on all fronts," a threat interpreted as meaning it would resume its attacks.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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