Basque separatist leader receives extra jail time

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Basque separatist leader receives extra jail time

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In Spain, the leader of the banned Basque separatist political group, Batasuna, has been found guilty of being an apologist for ETA terrorism and jailed for two years.

Today’s sentence of Arnaldo Otegi relates to a rally he attended in 2005 in homage of a convicted ETA prisoner.

Otegi was also banned from exercising any public function or standing for election to any public office for the next 16 years.

During his trial in January and this latest tribunal, Otegi insisted that he only sought a democratic solution to Basque separatist claims.

But he refused to condemn ETA violence – something other leading Batasuna members have done amid concerns that separatism is losing ground in the Basque Country.