Spain: Protesters slam release of sick ETA convict


The Associated Press
MADRID — A group representing terrorism victims is protesting a Spanish court's decision to release a cancer-stricken man convicted of crimes linked to the armed Basque separatist group ETA.
Around 100 members of the Victims of Terrorism Association marched Saturday to Zaballa prison in Nanclares de Oca - a town in the northern Spanish Basque region - to demonstrate against the release of Josu Uribetxeberria.
Uribetxeberria has been convicted of kidnappings and murder. A judge ruled in late August that he could be released to get treatment for cancer. Prosecutors are appealing that decision.

Relatives of people thought to have been killed by the Basque armed separatist group ETA, protest against the release from jail of ETA member, Josu Uribetxeberria, seen in portrait with the legend "Assassin", at Zaballa's Jail in Nanclares de Oca, northern Spain, Saturday Sept. 8, 2012. The group are demonstrating against the government decision to release Uribetxeberria, who will be hospitalised to receive cancer treatment.
- Alvaro Barrientos /AP Photo

Relatives of people thought to have been killed by the Basque armed separatist group ETA, protest against the release from jail of ETA member, Josu Uribetxeberria, at Zaballa's Jail in Nanclares de Oca, northern Spain, Saturday Sept. 8, 2012. The group are demonstrating against the government decision to release Uribetxeberria, who will be hospitalised to receive cancer treatment.
- Alvaro Barrientos /AP Photo

Relatives of people thought to have been killed by the Basque armed separatist group ETA, protest against the release from jail of ETA member, Josu Uribetxeberria, seen in portrait, at Zaballa's Jail in Nanclares de Oca, northern Spain, Saturday Sept. 8, 2012. The group are demonstrating against the government decision to release Uribetxeberria, who will be hospitalised to receive cancer treatment.
- Alvaro Barrientos /AP Photo
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Uribetxeberria, who remains in custody, went on hunger strike several weeks ago. Around 100 fellow ETA prisoners then refused food to press for his release on humanitarian grounds.
It was unclear what sort of cancer is afflicting Uribetxeberria.
Source http://www.thestate.com/2012/09/08/2432182/spain-protesters-slam-release.html

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