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Eta pair jailed for bomb murder bid

Spain's National Court has convicted two members of Basque separatist group Eta of attempted murder and sentenced them to 377 years in prison.

Judge Manuela Fernandez de Prado found Idoia Mendizabal and Asier Arzalluz Goni guilty of attempting to assassinate Esther Cabezudo, deputy mayor of the northern town of Portugalete.

Passing sentence on Friday, the judge said the pair were involved in planting a bomb which exploded along Ms Cabezudo's route to work on February 28, 2002.

Sentences of hundreds of years are not uncommon in trials of Eta members in Spain, although the maximum time a person can serve for terrorism convictions is 40 years.

Eta has killed more than 825 people since the late 1960s in a violent campaign for an independent Basque state.


From Belfast Telegraph