Supreme court rules socialist talks with Batasuna legal
7 December 2006 , MADRID — The supreme court ruled on Thursday the socialist party and ETA’s banned political wing did not break the law by meeting for talks.
7 December 2006
MADRID — The supreme court ruled on Thursday the socialist party and ETA’s banned political wing did not break the law by meeting for talks.
Leaders from the Basque branch of the socialist party met Arnaldo Otegi, head of Batasuna.
A protest group called Clean Hands, which opposes any talks with ETA, made a legal complaint claiming the meeting had broken the law which prohibits Batasuna from holding political meetings.
Batasuna was declared illegal by the supreme court in 2003 and declared a terrorist organisation.
Clean Hands said the politicians were perverting the course of justice and disobeying the law.
But the court ruled that there was no “express order” which stopped the groups from meeting.
The group made the complaint against Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Patxi López, secretary general of the Basque socialist party, and two other politicians.
It concerned a meeting between Basque socialists and members of Batasuna in June in San Sebastian.
Zapatero was not present but was named as party leader.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news