Terrorist held for five years is finally extradited
6 October 2005, PARIS — France is to extradite to Spain the former head of a Maoist terrorist group who was on the run for five years.
6 October 2005
PARIS — France is to extradite to Spain the former head of a Maoist terrorist group who was on the run for five years.
Francisco Silva Sande, one time head of GRAPO, has been wanted by the Spain's leading anti-terrorist court for the kidnapping and murder of industrialist Publio Cordon in 1995.
Silva, who has a long list of terrorist crimes to his name, was arrested in 2000 along with other members of GRAPO in Paris.
He has served a ten year prison sentence for terrorist offences committed in France.
But now he is being extradited to Spain to answer charges in connection with the kidnapping of Cordon.
Silva was condemned to a total of 86 years in his absence along with three other members of GRAPO for a long list of terrorist offences.
Cordon's widow has Pilar Muro said: "I hope he tells the truth about Publio."
Cordon's family paid a ransom of EUR 3m to free him but he was murdered.
Silva has been a committed terrorist for 30 years.
He joined GRAPO in 1975 and was convicted of at least two kidnappings, one of a civil servant and another of a lieutenant general.
He was condemned to 11 years in prison.
When he left jil in 1998, he rejoined GRAPO and took part in two terrorist attacks on the Guardia Civil the next year. Three people were killed.
He was arrested in 1990 but escaped from jail in 1992 and was linked to a number of terrorist attacks.
One resulted in the death of the driver of a bullet-proof truck.
He was also linked to another attack on a bullet-proof truck in 2000 which led to the death of two jurors.
Later he was linked to ETA and played a part in attacks by the Basque terrorist group from bases in France.
GRAPO, which started in the Franco-era to oppose the dictatorship, is a Spanish-language acronym for "October 1st Anti-Fascist Resistance Groups."
The Maoist group is blamed for the killing of more than 80 people in Spain and for numerous extortions, robberies and kidnappings.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news