'Eta terrorists' to be extradited

Three alleged Eta terrorists will be extradited from Britain to Spain, a court has ruled.

'Eta terrorists' to be extradited

The two men and a woman are alleged to be a "reserve cell" of the Basque separatist group and while in Britain plotted to cause explosions in Spain. They were waiting for orders to launch the attack, London's City of Westminster Magistrates' Court heard.

Flanked by eight security guards in the dock Zigo Ruiz Jaso, 29, Inigo Maria Albisu Hernandez, 23, and Ana Isabel Lopez Monge, 36, were told they are being sent back to Spain to face terror charges.

"I find there are no bars to extradition made out under Section 11 of the 2003 Act," District Judge Caroline Tubbs told the trio.

"The extradition of these defendants is not incompatible with the Convention Rights within the meaning of the Human Rights Act, 1998. I order the extradition of each of these defendants to Spain."

After the two-hour judgment Ben Cooper, defending, confirmed: "Each defendant will be appealing within seven days."

The Spanish nationals were arrested at their home in Sheffield in April, just days after a European arrest warrant had been issued for them by investigating judge Baltasar Garzon Real in Madrid.

Each of them "has been and continues to be" a member of Eta, Ms Tubbs ruled.

Ruiz has been a member of Eta from at least April 2004, Albisu from January this year and Lopez possibly from as far back as September 2002.

At first they belonged to a command of Eta called Urederra which disbanded in March 2007, the court heard. They then formed a new reserve cell, called a Talde de Reserva, which is still part of Eta.

Press Association

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