Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Nine held in Eta anti-terror raids

Spanish Civil Guard prepare to storm a building in the Basque city of San Sebastian (AP)

Police have arrested nine people suspected of leading a group considered part of the violent Basque separatist organisation Eta, Spain's Interior Ministry said.

Tuesday's pre-dawn raids marked the first Eta-related arrests since the group announced a new ceasefire on September 5.

The government responded to the announcement with scepticism and said it would not ease up on Eta or those close to it.

A ministry statement said the new arrests dismantled the core leadership of a Basque civic organisation called Ekin.

Spain's National Court ruled in 2007 that Ekin is in effect part of Eta, and declared Ekin to be illegal.

A ministry official said the detainees are accused of offences including trying to resurrect Ekin.

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