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Basque suspect can be extradited

By Alan Erwin

A Basque separatist wanted in Spain over a murder and bombing campaign has failed in a bid to halt his extradition from Northern Ireland.

Fermin Vila Michelena (43) was seeking to overturn a ruling that he be returned to face charges connected to terrorist attacks in Madrid.

His lawyers challenged the order by claiming evidence against him had been obtained by torturing two co-accused.

But senior judges in Belfast dismissed his appeal after declaring there was nothing to suggest he would be denied a fair trial in Spain.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan said: "The allegations of torture in this case are either completely unsupported or untested and uncorroborated."

Vila Michelena was detained by the PSNI on a European Arrest Warrant in June 2010.

Spanish authorities want him to stand trial for offences linked to the Basque separatist group ETA.

The charges relate to separate killings of a military general and police officer in Madrid 11 years ago.

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