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WAR: Two top ETA suspects indicted in France

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posted on Oct, 8 2004 @ 03:41 AM
France has indicted two members of the Basque separatist group ETA in Paris today. Mikel "Antza" Albizu Iriarte, thought to be the political leader and chief theoretician along with his girlfriend Soledad "Antobo" Iparragirre Genetxea were indicted for "leadership and organization of an association of terrorist criminals”.
PARIS (AFP) - Two top suspected members of Spain's armed Basque separatist group ETA were indicted in Paris, a source close to the case said.

Mikel "Antza" Albizu Iriarte, ETA's presumed political leader and chief theoretician, was indicted for "leadership and organization of an association of terrorist criminals," which could lead to a 20-year prison sentence.

His girlfriend and suspected former ETA military leader Soledad "Antobo" Iparragirre Genetxea faces an indictment for "leadership of an association of terrorist criminals," and also faces a 20-year sentence.

The two were among 17 people netted in a raid by French police last weekend.

Both Spain and France hailed the French raid which turned up "Antza" as an "historic" victory and vowed to further step up already wide-ranging cooperation in a bid to bring about ETA's final demise.

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If convicted the pair could face up to 20 years in prison. Captured in a raid, both Spain and France hailed the indictment as a “historic” victory. ETA since its creation in 1959 has campaigned for a separate homeland in parts of Spain and France. The group became violent in 1968 and is responsible for over 817 deaths.


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