Spain's most notorious ETA killer to walk free

7th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

7 January 2005, MADRID-A notorious ETA killer who was condemned to almost 3,000 years in jail will be released next month after serving 18 years behind bars.

7 January 2005

MADRID-A notorious ETA killer who was condemned to almost 3,000 years in jail will be released next month after serving 18 years behind bars.

Ignacio de Juana Chaos, a former member of ETA's 'Madrid commando' who was convicted of killing 25 people, is to be freed next month, according to judicial sources.

Among De Juana Chaos's victims were 12 Guardia Civil officers who were killed in a single bomb attack in 1986 in Madrid.

De Juana Chaos was jailed for a total of 2,995 years in 1987 for his part in up to 20 attacks and 25 murders.

It was the highest jail term ever imposed in Spain.

His sentence was reduced by 20 days for each year after he enrolled in an educational course.

A law in Spain states no-one can serve more than 30 years and with a 12-year remission for going on the course, he will be entitled to be released next month.

But his release has prompted outrage from the Association of the Victims of Terrorism who said De Juana Chaos had not even served a year for each of his victims. 

In 1998, after the murder of a council official in Seville by ETA, he wrote from jail: "I love to see the twisted faces of the relatives at the funerals. Here in prison, their tears are our smiles."

The car bomb attack in 1986 killed 12 police officers in the plaza de la Republica Dominicana de Madrid.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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