France hands over two ETA suspects to Spain

29th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

France on Friday handed over two suspected members of Basque separatist group ETA to Spanish authorities, the interior ministry in Madrid said.

Jesus Maria Martin Hernando, 47, was arrested in the southwestern French city of Bordeaux in 2002 and is accused of being a member of a terrorist organisation, the ministry said in a statement.

He is suspected of placing an explosive device in a bar in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao, and also helping place a bomb under a police car.

The second man, Ibai Azcona Dominguez, 27, was arrested in the town of Hendaye on the French-Spanish border in September this year and is also charged with terrorism offences, the ministry said in a statement.

Earlier this month another suspected ETA member, Jose Candido Sagarzazu Gomezhe, was transferred temporarily from France to Spain to stand trial.

ETA, which is blamed for the deaths of 829 people in its four-decade campaign for a Basque homeland in northern Spain and southwestern France, is considered a terrorist group by the European Union and United States.

© 2010 AFP

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