Zapatero admits jailing terrorist 'makes peace hard'
8 November 2006 , MADRID — José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero admitted the jailing of a leading ETA terrorist made the peace process "more difficult".
8 November 2006
MADRID — José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero admitted the jailing of a leading ETA terrorist made the peace process "more difficult".
However, the Spanish premier said "at the end the problem is whether ETA are able to give up their arms".
His comments came after an ETA terrorist, who murdered 25 people, went back on hunger strike after being jailed for another 12 years.
Juan Ignacio de Juana Chaos was sentenced to the prison term for making threats to prison governors in letters written to the Basque newspaper Gara.
Juana de Chaos was jailed in 1987 for 30 years for killing 25 people in various attacks.
He had been nearing the end of his term, which had been reduced to 18 years, when the letters were published.
In August, he started a hunger strike over the threat of being returned to prison.
After a trial last month, judges jailed him again on Wednesday for making the death threats.
The new jail term is likely to be met with angry by ETA supporters, possibly disrupting the fledgling peace process.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news