Spain jails ETA member deported from France

15th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

MADRID, June 15, 2007 (AFP) - A court in Spain on Thursday ordered the imprisonment of a member of the armed Basque separatist group ETA who was deported from France a day earlier.

MADRID, June 15, 2007 (AFP) - A court in Spain on Thursday ordered the imprisonment of a member of the armed Basque separatist group ETA who was deported from France a day earlier.

Spain's National Audience court ruled that Cortazar Pipaon be kept in jail until his lawyer is able to prove that he had carried out his entire sentence for terrorism and membership in an armed group in France as he claims.

Lawyer Jone Goirizelaia presented the court with a photocopy of a document that he said proves his client had completed his sentence but judge Baltasar Garzon said a certified photocopy of the document was needed before he could release Pipaon.

Pipaon was already jailed in Spain in 1990 for placing a bomb in Vitoria in the Basque region.

He went underground in 2001 after police dismantled the ETA commando "Barcelone" which he was linked to, the interior ministry said earlier in a statement.

Pipaon was arrested in southwestern France, which has long been used as a rear base by ETA, in 2002 in the town of Sauveterre-de-Guyenne as he attempted to escape a police check.

The Spanish government has toughened its stance against ETA since the group called off its 14-month ceasefire on June 5 because it said the government was not making any concessions in its peace process with Basque separatists.

Three suspected ETA members were detained last week in southwestern France while one was detained in Mexico and another in Canada this week.

ETA's four-decade campaign to achieve independence for the Basque region has claimed more than 800 lives.


Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

0 Comments To This Article