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Trial of ETA suspects over 2010 police killing begins in France


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Trial of ETA suspects over 2010 police killing begins in France

Six suspected members of the Basque separatist group ETA have gone on trial in France over the 2010 killing of a police officer in Paris.

Sergeant Jean-Serge Nerin was killed in a shootout as the suspects tried to steal second hand cars from a garage.

It was the last killing attributed to ETA before it called a unilateral ceasefire in 2011.

Investigators believe up to nine activists were involved in the incident, but only six were identified. One was arrested at the scene, the others managed to escape but were arrested between May 2010 and July 2015.

The trial is expected to continue until Dec. 11.

ETA was formed in the late 1950s aiming to establish an independent Basque state in northern Spain and southern France.

The group killed more than 800 people over several decades, but according to the Spanish government ETA has been severely weakened in recent years after hundreds of its members were arrested.

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