Two ETA 'leaders' extradited to Spain

16th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

16 September 2004, PARIS - A French appeals court approved the extradition to Spain of Xabier Garcia Gaztelu and Ibon Fernandez Iradi, both reputedly high-ranking members of the Basque terrorist group ETA, it was reported Thursday.

16 September 2004

PARIS - A French appeals court approved the extradition to Spain of Xabier Garcia Gaztelu and Ibon Fernandez Iradi, both reputedly high-ranking members of the Basque terrorist group ETA, it was reported Thursday.

In a session that saw Garcia Gaztelu expelled from the courtroom for his shouted protests over the absence of a Basque interpreter, the judge ruled that he should return to Spain to be tried for the December 1997 murder of city councilor Jose Luis Caso.

Fernandez Iradi faces charges for the 2001 murders of Ramon Diaz Garcia, a cook at the naval base in the northern Spanish city of San Sebastian, and Jose Angel Santos and Josu Leonet, workers at the Elektra company.

The extradition of Fernandez Iradi may be delayed as he faces another case against him in France.

The court also authorised the extradition to Spain of alleged ETA member Jose Candido Sagarzazu Gomez for "belonging to a terrorist group". He is charged with profiling potential targets for assassination.

Since 1968, ETA has killed more than 800 people in its violent campaign to carve out an independent Basque nation in parts of northern Spain and southwestern France.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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