France transfers ETA member to Spain for trial

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An ETA member serving a 10-year prison term in France has been temporarily transferred to Spain so he can face trial here on charges of belonging to the outlawed group, Spanish police said Thursday.

"The temporary transfer was made following the request" of Spanish authorities so Jose Candido Sagarzazu Gomezhe can face charges of "membership in a terrorist organisation", Spanish police said in a statement.

Sagarzazu, 35, is suspected of having been a member of an ETA commando group before moving to France, where he was arrested in 2003 along with two other ETA members.

He was convicted by a French court in 2008 for running a workshop that made explosives and fake car number plates for ETA, and handed a 10-year jail term.

Following his trial in Spain, Sagarzazu will be returned to France to serve out the remainder of his prison term.

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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