Three ETA suspects held in France face charges
13 June 2007, PARIS - An anti-terrorist judge in Paris has filed preliminary charges against three suspected members of the armed Basque group ETA, judicial officials said.
13 June 2007
PARIS - An anti-terrorist judge in Paris has filed preliminary charges against three suspected members of the armed Basque group ETA, judicial officials said.
The two men and one woman have been placed in provisional detention following their arrest last Thursday in the French town of Bagneres de Bigorre, near the border with Spain.
The three, identified as Alaitz Areitio Azpiri, Aitor Lorente Bilbao and Igor Igartua Echevarria, face preliminary charges of "criminal conspiracy in relation with a terrorist enterprise" and "holding false documents" and "concealing and stealing in an organized group," judicial officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
The three were detained in a joint French-Spanish raid two days after ETA called off a 15-month-long truce, blaming the Spanish government for ruining a once-promising peace process.
Areitio Azpiri is suspected of being involved in recruiting ETA members and in their technical and military training, the Spanish Interior Ministry said. She has been a fugitive since 2003 and was involved in a shootout with police when she broke a roadblock in the French pilgrimage town of Lourdes in October 2004.
Lorente Bilbao went into hiding after he was released from jail in Spain in 2006 after serving seven years for arms possession. Igartua fled Spain in 2000 as police moved to break up ETA's so-called Vizcaya cell, a Spanish Interior ministry statement last week said.
[Copyright AP with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news