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Extraditing ETA member arrested in UK would be 'a breach of human rights', says defence
thinkSPAIN , Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A MEMBER of the Basque terrorist cell ETA who is facing trial in London should not be extradited to Spain as it would 'violate his human rights', says the accused's solicitor.

Matthew Ryder, defending Antonio Troitiño, claims that to send his client back to his home country to serve the rest of a sentence he escaped when he fled to the UK would be in breach of Articles 5 and 7 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

The 55-year-old ETA member was jailed for 24 years for various bombings between 1982 and 1984 and blowing up a bus in Madrid in 1986, killing 12 Guardia Civil officers and leaving over 50 people injured.

He was released after serving his sentence on April 13, 2011, but the National Court revoked its decision after applying a law known as the 'Parot doctrine', which allows for jail terms to be extended in some cases.

Troitiño's new release date was set for 2017.

The terrorist escaped to the UK, and was arrested in June 2012 at his flat in west London.

Prosecutor Jonathan Hall says Troitiño's extradition to Spain, where he would serve the rest of the sentence, was in keeping with Spanish law, but the accused's defence lawyer says such a situation was not recognised under English and Welsh law.

The extradition hearing will take place today.

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