France extradites ETA chief to Spain

10th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

MADRID, June 9 (AFP) - France on Wednesday handed over to Spain the former military chief of the Basque separatist movement, Juan Luis Aguirre Lete, who faces 96 years in jail for two political assassinations in the 1990s.

MADRID, June 9 (AFP) - France on Wednesday handed over to Spain the former military chief of the Basque separatist movement, Juan Luis Aguirre Lete, who faces 96 years in jail for two political assassinations in the 1990s.

Aguirre, whose nom de guerre was Insuntza, was extradited to Spain for five months in 2002 to stand trial for the murder of an air force general, Dionisio Herrero, in 1993; and of Socialist leader Fernando Mugica in 1996.

He was sentenced to 30 years in jail for the Mugica killing and 66 years for assassinating Herrero, but would serve a maximum of 40 years under Spain's antiterrorism laws.

He still faces trial for the kidnapping of prison guard Jose Antonio Ortega Laso, and has been sentenced to eight years in jail in Italy for bomb attacks against a Spanish bank and tourist office in 1991.

Aguirre was arrested at a road block in southwestern France in 1996. He was extradited aboard a commercial flight from Paris to Madrid and handed over to Spanish police, who mounted a major security operation for his arrival.

© AFP

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