The General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions has announced this Friday that it has authorized the transfer of another five ETA prisoners, including one convicted of participating in the kidnapping of José Antonio Ortega Lara and another for killing Fernando Buesa. With these transfers, el 55% of the group is already less than 200 kilometers from their homes, as recalled by the Association of Victims of Terrorism (AVT).
Penitentiary Institutions has reported the progression to the second degree and the transfer of these other five ETA prisoners, with which there are already 153 approaches approved by the Pedro Sánchez Government since June 2018, which they correspond to 139 ETA members, including 54 with blood crimes. In the Basque Country or Navarra, 29 have been authorized, of which eleven correspond to progression to third grade and another three due to illness.
Participation in the kidnapping of Ortega Lara
Among those approached this Friday there are several with convictions for attacks. This is the case of Julen Atxurra Egurola, Pototo, who leaves the Madrid VI-Aranjuez Penitentiary Center for El Dueso, in Cantabria. He was sentenced to 32 years in prison for, among other crimes, order and provide the money and material necessary for the kidnapping of José Antonio Ortega Lara, according to the AVT.
In addition, 46 years in prison must be added for two frustrated attacks against a Civil Guard barracks and a Civil Guard agent, in July and August 1986, respectively. He has another 28-year prison sentence for his participation in the murder of police officer Julio Sánchez Rodríguez on October 28, 1986 in the San Adrián neighborhood of Bilbao.
He will serve 3/4 of the sentence in April 2034. “At the proposal of the Treatment Board of the Madrid prison, and for reasons covered by the Data Protection Law, the General Secretariat has resolved his transfer to Cantabria and his progression to the second degree, “Penitentiary Institutions reported.
Raúl Ángel Fuentes Villota also goes to El Dueso, in this case from the Madrid V-Soto del Real Penitentiary Center. In 2015 the Supreme Court confirmed the sentence of the National Court that sentenced him to 50 years in prison for trying to plant a bomb in the car of a national policeman in Barakaldo (Vizcaya) in 1991. He is also serving a sentence for possession of explosives and illegal possession of weapons. He will serve 3/4 of the sentence in May 2031.
Convicted of killing Fernando Buesa
Diego Ugarte López de Arcaute is another of the ETA members transferred this Friday. He leaves the Granada jail for the Mansilla de las Mulas prison, in León. He is serving a 30-year sentence for murder, assault, illicit association, possession of explosives, deposit of weapons and ammunition, and falsification of public document.
In 2005 he was sentenced to 100 years and 9 months in prison for the murder of the PSOE spokesman in the Basque Parliament Fernando Buesa and his bodyguard, Jorge Díez, committed on February 22, 2000. He will serve 3/4 of the sentence in December 2027.
Zigor Orbe Sevillano leaves the Puerto III Penitentiary Center, in Andalusia, to be transferred to the Alava Penitentiary Center. He was sentenced in 2000 to 17 years in prison for setting fire to a bus taking advantage of the San Miguel neighborhood festivities, in Basauri, to support the hunger strike that ETA prisoners were carrying out.
According to AVT recalls, the bus driver, who was inside, suffered severe burns to his hands and face. That same year the ETA member fled and was arrested in 2004 in France and handed over in 2010.
Zigor Orbe Sevilla will serve 3/4 of the sentence in November 2021. Penitentiary Institutions have indicated that “accepts the legality of the penitentiary and has sent writings in which it rejects violence, assumes the damage caused to the victims and advocates for their reparation“It has been progressed to the second by decision of the Central Court of Penitentiary Surveillance.
Prisons has approved the transfer of a fifth ETA member, Unai López de Ocariz López, in this case from Daroca, in Zaragoza, to the Alava prison of Zaballa. He is serving a 25-year sentence for havoc, illicit association and storage of weapons and ammunition. In 2004 He was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the attack on a bank branch in Vitoria. He served 3/4 of the sentence in May 2020.
Criticism of the AVT to the pardon that Bildu requests
The AVT has recalled that they are still waiting for “Someone from the Government of Spain shows his face to explain these movements”. “They will be legal, it would be more, but they are totally out of ethics and we were assured that they would not be carried out,” they say in a statement.
“Precisely a few days ago, the victims suffered one more blow from the hands of what many consider the ‘friendly face’ of EH Bildu, Jon Iñarritu. In his own words, all these ETA murderers should be pardoned. It is no longer valid for them, because basically they have already achieved it, neither the approach, nor the release of the sick, nor the progressions of grade, nor the repeal of the Penal Code. Now, directly, they want pardon, “they complain from the AVT.
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