Spain: Basque separatists plead guilty to ETA links

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court has handed down light sentences to 35 members of three outlawed Basque separatist political groups after they reached a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to charges of being members of the armed group ETA.
The court said Thursday the sentences range from 18 to 24 months and include a ban on holding public office for the duration.
The accused — members of the Batasuna party and two offshoots — recently signed a statement admitting to the charges and promising to renounce violence as a means of making some redress to ETA's victims.
They initially faced sentences of up to 10 years.
ETA, which killed 829 people during a four-decade campaign for an independent Basque state, announced a permanent cease-fire in 2011 but has not disarmed.



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