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De Brún welcomes Belfast court ruling on Basque extradition case

18 November, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has welcomed today’s ruling by a Belfast court not to extradite one of the Basques, Arturo Villanueva, who the Spanish authorities were pursuing and has said that the extradition warrant against Inaki de Juana should also be rejected.
Speaking today Ms de Brún said:
“Today’s decision, ruling that the International Arrest Warrant issued against Arturo Villanueva is invalid, is to be welcomed and highlights the spurious and politically motivated nature of the charges brought against both Arturo Villaneuva and Inaki de Juana by the Spanish authorities.
“The two men are essentially being pursued solely for their political ideas and the extradition attempts on behalf of the Spanish authorities, in both cases, should be wholly rejected.
“It further exposes the ongoing repression within the Basque Country where social, youth, media and political groups alike are made illegal and repressed with many members being imprisoned.
“ It is Sinn Féin’s belief that the Spanish government should desist from such actions and focus upon exploring the unconditional declaration of support for a peaceful, political and democratic process by the Basque Abertzale Left grouping this week.“   

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