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Spanish court summons for ETA disarmament witnesses 'a bad decision', says Gerry Adams

23 February, 2014 - by Gerry Adams TD

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has described the decision to summon members of the six-strong International Verification Committee on ETA disarmament in front of a Spanish court as a “bad decision prompted by bad laws which have no place in a peace process.”

The Sinn Féin leader urged the Spanish government to remove “the legislation which is an impediment to dealing with the issue of arms.”

Members of the International Verification Committee which oversaw ETA arms and explosives being put ‘beyond operational use’ have to appear in court to answer questions on their role in the process of disarmament.

Gerry Adams said: “This morning several of the International Verification Committee are appearing in court in Spain. This is a consequence of bad law – emergency law – which was created to deal with a conflict. Another consequence of these repressive laws is the continued inexcusable imprisonment of Arnaldo Otegi one of the architects of the peace process.

"The peace process in the Basque country has witnessed a series of significant advances in the last few years. The Spanish government needs to embrace this process and remove the legislation which is an impediment to dealing with the issue of arms.”

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