Paris court sentences ETA group members

7th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 6, 2007 (AFP) - A Paris court on Tuesday sentenced five members of the Basque armed separatist group ETA to between seven and 14 years in jail for offences related to terrorism, said a rights organisation.

PARIS, March 6, 2007 (AFP) - A Paris court on Tuesday sentenced five members of the Basque armed separatist group ETA to between seven and 14 years in jail for offences related to terrorism, said a rights organisation.

Among those charged were Xabier Abaunza Martinez, a suspected former ETA leader, who received a 14-year sentence, said a spokesman for Askatasuna, a group defending the rights of Basque political prisoners.

The members were arrested in Niort in western France in 2002, for links to a terrorist group and attempted robbery.

ETA's four-decade armed campaign for an independent Basque homeland comprising parts of northern Spain and southern France has claimed more than 800 lives.

The members sentenced in Paris will serve at least two-thirds of their sentences and afterwards be banned from entering France.

The hearing was cut short after the accused refused to answer any of the court's questions.

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