A Europe-wide arrest warrant has been issued after a suspected Basque terrorist was set free by mistake. Maite Aranalde is accused of possessing explosives and of terrorism-related attacks. She was arrested in France and sent to Spain last Wednesday. But a vital part of the paperwork went missing, and she was released on bail two days later. She hasn’t been seen since.
“This doesn’t mean that Franco-Spanish cooperation failed, honestly I am not saying that,” said the Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba. “There was a bureaucratic error in France, and I can tell you that no-one regrets that more than the French.” France and Spain have recently landed some blows on ETA. Three men arrested at a French ski resort are thought to have been involved in a car bombing in Mallorca which killed two Civil Guards at the end of July. At the same time, 13 caches of arms were discovered on the French side of the Pyrenees, believed to have been hidden by ETA for future attacks.