Two suspected ETA members held in France

20th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 18 (AFP) - Two suspected members of the outlawed Basque separatist group ETA were apprehended in southwestern France on Saturday, police said.

PARIS, Sept 18 (AFP) - Two suspected members of the outlawed Basque separatist group ETA were apprehended in southwestern France on Saturday, police said.  

The two refused to stop at a checkpoint near Montauban and attempted to flee but were caught by police, to whom they declared themselves to be members of ETA.  

The Spanish interior ministry in a statement from Madrid identified one of the men as Zigor Orbe Sevillano and the other as possibly Zumbel Larrea Azpiri, both of whom are wanted in Spain.  

It said both men have been convicted for street violence connected with the Basque cause, and were in violation of the terms of their provisional release.  

Larrea Azpiri was also accused of collecting information on officials for ETA, whose 36-year campaign for an independent homeland in northwest Spain and southwest France has left some 800 people dead.  

The Spanish statement said the French police confiscated at least one firearm.  

The arrest was the second of ETA activists in France following road checks in the past two months.

© AFP

 

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