ETA suspects 'had notes on Spanish Olympic sites'

29th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

MADRID, April 29 (AFP) - Two ETA suspects arrested in France had notes on Olympic sites in the Spanish capital which the Basque armed separatist group could be viewing as targets, Spain's Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso said Friday.

MADRID, April 29 (AFP) - Two ETA suspects arrested in France had notes on Olympic sites in the Spanish capital which the Basque armed separatist group could be viewing as targets, Spain's Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso said Friday.  

Alonso told a press conference that a paper seized by French police had a list of "up to six targets", four of them sports facilities in Madrid.  

The list, which was "not very detailed", included the city's Olympic stadium, another site under construction, and two desalination plants in the south of the country, Alonso said.  

Earlier his ministry said French police had seized "sketchy notes" on the sporting venues featuring in Madrid's bid for the 2012 Olympics, from a backpack belonging to the two ETA suspects arrested near the south-western French city of Toulouse on Thursday.   

These preliminary notes, apparently copied from the official Internet site, were not accompanied by photographs or plans of access, the ministry said.  

Alonso had announced Thursday the arrest of the suspected head of ETA's international operations, Pedro Esquisabel Urtuzaga, and an accomplice Jose Manuel Ugartemendia Isasa.  

The Basque news agency Vasco press described Urtuzaga as a lieutenant of ETA's political leader, Mikel Albizu Iriarte, alias "Antza", who was arrested in the French Pyrenees in October last year.  

ETA is blamed for more than 800 deaths in its four-decade campaign for an independent Basque state covering parts of northern Spain and southwest France.  

Madrid, is one of five cities competing for the right to stage the 2012 Olympics, the others being London, New York, Paris and Moscow. London and Paris are seen as the favourites.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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