Spain frees French Basque activist on bail

22nd December 2012, Comments 0 comments

French Basque activist Aurore Martin, who was arrested last month on charges of participating in a terrorist organisation, left Spanish prison Saturday after a court released her on bail.

With the sum set at 15,000 euros ($19,800) and paid with supporter contributions, the 33-year-old left the prison near Madrid a day after the court's decision, an AFP photographer reported.

Martin was arrested during a roadside check in southwestern France on a Europe-wide warrant issued by Madrid in 2010 over her participation in the Batasuna party, which is legal in France but outlawed in Spain for its alleged links to Basque armed separatist group ETA.

ETA is classed as a terrorist group by the European Union and is blamed for hundreds of deaths during a four-decade campaign of shootings and bombings for an independent Basque homeland in northern Spain and southern France.

According to Batasuna, Martin's bail fundraiser Saturday was a success, with contributions ranging from five to 400 euros.

© 2012 AFP

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