L Exjefe from Eta José Antonio Urrutikoetxea, alias 'Josu Veal', enjoys new prison benefits granted by French justice. Specifically, according to the reason and has been able to confirm Europe Press in sources of its surroundings, the telematic bracelet has been withdrawn with which he was controlled since he remains at provisional freedom.
After this penitentiary relief, Urutikoetxea has moved with his family since his residence in Paris - where he lived since in July 2020 he was agreed to remain on a house arrest regime with an electronic bracelet for health reasons - to the town of Anglet, Near the border with the Basque Country. Despite the withdrawal of this telematic control, he remains subject to precautionary measures so he should be presented three times a week in police agencies.
The Ethara, 70, was arrested in May 2019 in Sallanches, in the French Alps, after remaining almost 17 years in hiding. In June of that year, the French Appeals Court liberated him for health reasons, but when he left Santé's prison was held after the French authorities make sure that the national audience required him for several causes.
Precisely in July, the criminal room of the national audience confirmed its processing by one of them, that of the attack committed in 1987 against the Casa Barracks of Zaragoza, which left eleven dead, including six children.
This prosecution came after the Paris Court of Cassation authorized in November 2020 its definitive delivery to Spain for this attack. The Galo court rejected in its decision a resource presented by Josu's defense against a failure of the Chamber of Instruction of the Court of Appeals of Paris who ordered repatriation it.
On that murder, the Judge of the National Hearing Santiago Pedraz annulled his processing, with the support of the Prosecutor's Office, when he saw that on that date Josu Veal was not part of Political-Military ETA, who vindicated that attack.
The national audience also demanded the Ethara for a cause about crimes of humanity in which other former leaders of the terrorist organization have been processed, but in this case the French authorities denied the return to Spain.
The delivery to Spain must not wait until it was celebrated in September the last trial that Josu Vernera is scheduled in France, after him, the Galas authorities must decide whether to temporarily deliver the exject of ETA.
That view that should be held in the Court of Appeals - prior to February 2021 - by events that occurred between 2002 and 2005, was postponed by not being able to go to all witnesses due to sanitary reasons.
For these events, 'Josu Veal' was condemned in first instance to five years in prison, which became seven years on appeal, on charges of 'Association of terrorist evildoers'. However, as he was sentenced 'in Absentia', he requested that he be judged again in person. The traces of him appeared in two Eta zuls found in 2002 in Lourdes and Villeneuve-sur-Lot (Lot-et-Garonne), as well as in a vehicle.Updated Date: 13 August 2021, 08:09