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Bairbre de Brún to visit Basque leader in prison

5 October, 2007

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún will visit Batasuna leader Mr Arnaldo Otegi later today, Friday 5th October, in Martutene Prison in Donostia/San Sebastian.

Speaking ahead of the visit a Sinn Féin Spokesperson said:

"Today's visit is at the request of the Basque party Batasuna. Sinn Féin is keen to express our solidarity with Mr Otegi, who has been a key player in promoting the Peace Process and a negotiated settlement in the Basque Country. He should be released immediately.

Commenting on the arrest of the National Executive of Batasuna by Spanish police in Segura last night, the spokesperson added:

"We have argued for some time that the banning of Batasuna and jailing of its political representatives is not conducive to the successful advancement of a peace process in the region. All legal restrictions against Batasuna should be lifted." ENDS

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