Three Batasuna militants arrested

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28 January 2005, BAYONNE- Several Basque militants wanted in Spain have been arrested in the southwest French Basque region, an association that defends the rights of Basque prisoners announced.

28 January 2005

BAYONNE- Several Basque militants wanted in Spain have been arrested in the southwest French Basque region, an association that defends the rights of Basque prisoners announced.

Askatasuna said among those arrested was Araitz Zubimendi, a 27-year-old former deputy of the banned Basque separatist party Batasuna, which acts as the political wing of the paramilitary Basque group ETA.

Zubimendi, who like the other detainees was the object of a European-wide arrest warrant issued by Spain, was arrested at his home in Bayonne.

Ibon Arbulu, a former municipal councilor in Bilbao, northern Spain, was also arrested.

Askatasuna said Unai Berostegieta, another member of Batasuna, had also been arrested.

Batasuna, the main political face of the radical Basque movement, was banned in March 2003 and is considered the political mouthpiece of ETA, blamed for more than 800 deaths in its four-decade fight for an independent Basque homeland straddling the Pyrenees between Spain and France.

Batasuna is regarded as a terrorist organisation by the US State Department and the European Union.
  
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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