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Basque political leader given jail term

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Basque political leader given jail term


The leader of the outlawed Basque political party Batasuna has been given a 15 month jail term for paying tribute to a former ETA leader at a funeral.The court in Madrid said Arnaldo Otegi’s action amounted to showing support for terrorism. Otegi denies making pro-ETA comments. Otegi could still stay out of jail if he appeals against the sentence.

Batasuna is considered the political wing of the terrorist group and if the Batasuna leader is jailed – it could create deep strains within ETA which has declared a ceasefire and in return wants a gesture from the Spanish government.
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