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Basque separatist wanted for murder and ETA bombing campaign extradited from Northern Ireland to Spain

A Basque separatist wanted in connection with murder and a bombing campaign in his native Spain has been extradited to Madrid from Northern Ireland.

Fermin Vila Michelena (44) 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.

A PSNI spokesman confirmed a Spanish national had been extradited to Madrid on Friday, June 20.

Charges against him relate to separate killings of a military general and police officer in Madrid 11 years ago. He is also being sought in connection with a car bomb attack on a bank in the Spanish capital in 2001 which injured 18 people and caused €1.7m damage.

Vila Michelena was due to seek permission to go before the Supreme Court in London to try to overturn a ruling that he must be returned to face charges connected to terrorist attacks in Madrid.

But judges in Belfast earlier this month confirmed that his application was no longer being pursued.

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