Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson welcomed the release of Iosu Uribetxeberria. Following a meeting with representatives of Herrira (the association for the rights of Basque prisoners) in Strasbourg Ms Anderson said:
"I welcome the release of Iosu Uribetxeberria, who will now be able to spend his final days in dignity and with his family.
"However there are other humanitarian issues facing Basque prisoners.
"There are another 13 seriously ill prisoners who should be released immediately.
"The illegal practice of extension of the terms of prisoners who are approaching their release date must be ended. This practice has already been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights.
"All Basque prisoners should be repatriated to the Basque Country in order to be close to their families.
"The Basque peace process, which is fully supported by the Basque political prisoners, has created a new scenario for a resolution of the conflict. Those opposed to this process should not use prison policy in order to try to derail it."