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European Court to rule on ETA terrorist sentence

European Court to rule on ETA terrorist sentence
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The European Court of Human Rights is expected to rule on Spain’s Parot doctrine this Monday, the controversial case-law which saw ETA terrorists sentences’ extended beyond the 30-year maximum behind bars.

It concerns the case of ETA prisoner Ines Del Rio Prada. Sentenced to 3,000 years for several terrorist attacks in the late 1980s, she was jailed in 1989 and was due for release in 2008, but Spain invoked the Parot doctrine saying any remission must be deducted from her total sentence instead of the 30 year maximum.

The Strasbourg court already ruled in 2012 that the extension of her sentence was irregular, but Madrid appealed to the Grand Chamber.

The Grand Chamber’s verdict will come the day after the second anniversary of ETA’s permanent ceasefire.

The Court’s ruling could lead to the release of many prisoners held for multiple crime sentences as well as 70 ETA prisoners held under the Parot doctrine, leading some to point to a purely political future for the Basque separatist organisation. However, it’s thought Madrid may choose other ways to circumvent the ruling.