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Extradition of missing Basque killer opposed

Lawyers acting for a convicted Basque killer suspected of fleeing from Northern Ireland are to continue with an appeal against his extradition to Spain High Court judges have heard.

Jose Ignacio de Juana Chaos' legal representatives confirmed yesterday they were continuing with instructions — despite having no contact with him for nearly two months.

It was also confirmed that police are hunting for the 54-year-old who was jailed for his part in an ETA campaign of 25 murders.

Spanish authorities are seeking to revoke bail granted to Chaos ahead of his scheduled challenge against being ordered to return to face a new charge of glorifying terrorism.

He had been living with his wife in Belfast while fighting the extradition proceedings.

It emerged last month, however, that Chaos has not reported to police since March 25, or been at his agreed address since that time. The Basque native is wanted over the contents of a letter read out at a rally in San Sebastian the day after his release from prison in August 2008.

The message was allegedly given in his name, with the charge against him heavily dependent on the Basque phrase which translates as “kick the ball forward”.

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He faces the possibility of further imprisonment if convicted of the public justification of terrorist actions which caused humiliation and intensified the grief of victims and their relatives.

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