Ten top members of ETA support cell are jailed
8 July 2005, PARIS — A court has jailed ten former leading members of the support network of the Basque terrorist group ETA for between four and ten years.
8 July 2005
PARIS — A court has jailed ten former leading members of the support network of the Basque terrorist group ETA for between four and ten years.
The toughest sentence of ten years was handed down to José Luis Campo Barandiaran, 'Fabrizzio', 47, and Ignacio López de Vergara, 42, who were considered the leader and second in command of the terror group in France.
They lead the support infrastructure in Bordeaux, Toulouse, Lyon and also in areas of the Spanish Basque area.
At an earlier hearing, the prosecutor Delphine Thibierge, said it would a mistake to under-estimate the importance of the defendants in assuring the continuity of the ETA organisation.
ETA has mounted an armed campaign against the Spanish state since 1968 in a bid for greater independence for the Basque region.
They have killed more than 830 people.
But the organisation has been greatly weakened in recent years by a serious of arrests of leading members.
ETA has not killed anyone in more than two years.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news