He was regarded as one of the last leaders alleged separatist organization basque Spanish ETA. The Spanish Mikel Irastorza has been indicted, Wednesday, 9 November, by a judge of anti-terrorism in Paris and placed in custody. Mikel Irastorza and the franco-Spanish who had taken her have all three been indicted for criminal association with terrorist, according to a justice source. The couple, left free, has been placed under judicial control.
The arrest of Mikel Irastorza on November 5 at dawn to Ascain (Pyrenees-Atlantiques), in the south-west of France, during a joint operation of the policies of French and Spanish has dealt a new blow to the organization ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, basque Country and freedom ‘ in basque) which is already in agony. For the Spanish ministry of the Interior, this man, 41-year-old native of san Sebastian (province of Guipuzkoa) is “the highest current leader of the terrorist group ETA who escaped justice”.
“It is a figure really significant to the ETA organization” reports a source close to the dossier in France. He would have succeeded in 2015 to Iratxe Sorzabal and David Pla, two suspected leaders were arrested on September 22, 2015 in Saint-Etienne-de-Baigorry (Pyrenees-Atlantiques), according to this source. About 200 demonstrators protested against the police operation on Saturday night to Ascain at the call of several nationalist movements in the basque country.
first heard at the police station in Bayonne, the three suspects have been transferred on Monday to Paris to be interviewed in the premises of the general Directorate of internal security (ISB) as part of an investigation opened on Friday under the authority of the anti-terrorist prosecutor in Paris.
The ETA, founded in 1959 during the struggle against the franco dictatorship, is responsible for the death of over 800 people in more than 40 years of armed struggle for the independence of the basque Country and Navarre. After having first announced the cessation of attacks in 2010, the ETA renounced in 2011 to the armed struggle, but refuses to surrender and dissolve, as required by Madrid and Paris.
Its operational capacity is very limited, after years of police actions on both sides of the franco-Spanish border and the loss of support in the basque society. The vast majority of its members are in prison – a little less than 400 inmates, of whom a little over 90 in France – and only a twenty would still be in hiding, according to experts, the Spanish and the French on counter-terrorism.
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