Spain tells Venezuela to indict or extradite ETA suspects

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Madrid called on Caracas to put six suspected ETA members, including a regional leader, living in Venezuela on trial or send them to Spain, its chief prosecutor said on Wednesday.

"If there exists reasonable evidence that someone in Venezuela supports Spanish terrorism, that person should be sent to Spain to be tried, or indicted and tried in Venezuela," chief prosecutor Candido Conde-Pumpido told Spanish media.

Conde-Pumpido's call was repeated on Wednesday by Angel Juanes, president of Spain's top court, which is responsible for handling terrorism cases.

Spanish judicial authorities suspect Venezuela of harbouring ETA members, which Venezuela has denied, and the affair has soured relations between the countries.

Spanish judge Eloy Velasco issued arrest warrants for six ETA members living in Venezuela and six members of Colombian rebel group FARC in March.

Top of the wanted list is Arturo Cubillas Fontan, a Venezuela resident who is believed to have been the leader of ETA in the region since 1999 and is accused of training ETA members.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has demanded a "response" from Venezuela. The South American country said it would investigate possible links between Cubillas, FARC and ETA.

© 2010 AFP

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