French court jails 14 Basque, Breton separatists

30th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 29 (AFP) - A French court late Wednesday handed down jail terms ranging from two to 20 years on 14 of 15 Basque and Breton separatists charged with stealing a huge haul of dynamite, which experts say was used in car bomb attacks that killed 18 people in Spain.

PARIS, June 29 (AFP) - A French court late Wednesday handed down jail terms ranging from two to 20 years on 14 of 15 Basque and Breton separatists charged with stealing a huge haul of dynamite, which experts say was used in car bomb attacks that killed 18 people in Spain.

Five suspected members of the Basque group ETA and 10 from the Breton Revolutionary Army (ARB) went on trial in Paris on June 1, accused of having taken nearly nine tonnes of dynamite, 6,500 detonators and 10 kilometres of fuse in a raid on a depot in Brittany in September 1999.

The prosecution had called for heavier sentences than those handed down by magistrates, delivered after more than eight hours of deliberations.

The explosives were used in a series of attacks over the following two years in Spain, as well as in a rare bombing in Brittany in 2000 that killed a woman at a McDonald's fast-food restaurant, investigators said.

One of the defendants was acquitted.

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