Spanish court frees nine convicted over ETA links

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ETA is blamed for hundreds of killings over the past 40 years in its campaign to establish an independent Basque nation across parts of northwestern Spain and southwestern France.

Madrid -- Spain's supreme court Thursday released nine of 47 Basque activists convicted in 2007 in the country's biggest trial linked to the armed separatist group ETA.

The court upheld the sentences of 38 others, eight of whom were free on bail, according to the ruling.

Spain's anti-terrorism court convicted the 47 of supporting ETA in December 2007, and ordered them jailed for terms of between two and 20 years. A total of 52 people were on trial, but five were found not guilty.

All belong to various organisations accused of ties to ETA, including a political group, Kas-Ekin, a newspaper, Egin, an international organisation, Xaki, and another which sought to stir civil disobedience, the Joxemi Zumalabe Foundation.

ETA is blamed for 825 killings over the past 40 years in its campaign to establish an independent Basque nation across parts of northwestern Spain and southwestern France.

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