Three arrests smash ETA's international wing

23rd May 2005, Comments 0 comments

23 May 2005, MADRID — In a joint operation, Spanish and French police arrested three ETA suspects, one of whom has been on the run for 11 years.

23 May 2005

MADRID — In a joint operation, Spanish and French police arrested three ETA suspects, one of whom has been on the run for 11 years.

Ramon Sagarzazu, who was once said to be the head of the Basque terrorist organisation, was among the three arrested in south-west France.

He has been on the run since 1994 and was said to be the head of ETA's international wing.

Another suspect who was detained is Oier Goitia Abadía, who was part of the so-called 'Madrid commando' between 2000-2001.

The third was Bernard Sansebastian, 55, who is French and who in 1997 was condemned to five years jail for `possession of explosives and the attempted assassination of King Juan Carlos.

They were arrested in the early hours of the morning in Romans, a small town in the Rhone valley, in south-west France.

The objective of this part of the international wing of the terrorist organisation is to coordinate the activities of ETA all over the world, particularly in Latin America.

They are also responsible for creating an infrastructure in France and hiding ETA members.

A government source said the suspects were arrested with "electronic material, arms, false documentation for other countries".

Most significantly, they had the apparatus to construct bombs.

They are also responsible for creating an infrastructure in France and hiding ETA members.

It is the latest in a series of highly damaging arrests which have rocked the Basque separatist group in recent months.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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