France to deport Eta suspects

France has agreed to deport two suspected members of Eta, the Basque separatist group, to Spain.

France to deport Eta suspects
Asier Larrinaga Rodriguez, 27, and Garikoitz Etxebarria Goikoetxea, 29, are accused of terrorism, possession of explosives, belonging to a banned criminal organisation and falsifying car registration plates.The pair were arrested on January 9 in the town of Ascain, near the border with Spain, and are being held near Toulouse.
The arrests followed the discovery last December of materials in the Vizcaya region of Spain's Basque country that police say was for making bombs.
Appeal planned
Yolanda Molina Ugarte, the defendants' lawyer, said her clients would challenge the ruling at France's high court of appeal.
Molina has accused the French authorities of violating procedures to prolong the detention of the two men.
She says Paris is trying to "quench the thirst for repression" from Spanish authorities following a December 30 bomb attack.
The bombing in a car park at Madrid's Barajas airport was the first time that Eta had killed anyone in an attack since May 2003.
It brought efforts for a negotiated end to separatist violence to a halt.
For nearly four decades Eta has waged an armed campaign for an independent Basque homeland - comprising parts of northern Spain and southwestern France - that has claimed more than 800 lives.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16