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Batasuna leader faces trial

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The leader of Batasuna, ETA’s outlawed political ally, will face trial in March on charges of glorifying terrorism. He allegedly paid homage to what he called ETA ‘soldiers’ in 2001. Arnaldo Otegi already has a one-year sentence hanging over his head for calling the Spanish King “the chief of torturers”. But in Spain a sentence is suspended unless it is over two years. If he is found guilty in March, and the sentence is for more than one year, Batasuna’s leader could well face time behind bars.