Two monks 'linked to ETA' arrested

11th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 February 2005, BILBAO - Two Benedictine monks have been arrested for their alleged links with the Basque terrorist group ETA.

11 February 2005

BILBAO - Two Benedictine monks have been arrested for their alleged links with the Basque terrorist group ETA.

Seventy-five-old Juan Jose Aguirre Beguiristain was arrested at a monastery in Lazkao in the Basque Country.

Another monk has been arrested at another monastery in Belloq en Urt in France.

He has not been named.

Aguirre is said to have links to the arrested ETA leader Mikel Albisu, alias Mikel Antza, who was arrested in south-west France in October last year, along with his partner Soledad Iparragirre, alias 'Anboto'.

The arrests were carried out at the request of the French police.

It is thought both monks acted as messengers for the ETA leader.

Aguirre is alleged to have kept ETA documents in the monastery.

His arrest followed the discovery of documents seized during the arrest of 'Antza' which linked the monk to the ETA leader.

In Lazkao there is a Benedictine monastery and nearby another convent with a large library with documents going back to the 16th Century.

It also holds documents on ETA and the Basque nationalist cause.

Sources at the monastery in the Basque Country denied Aguirre had any links to ETA.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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