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Sinn Féin voices concern at jailing of Batasuna leader

26 May, 2005


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has voiced his concern at the jailing of Batasuna leader Arnaldo Otegi and said that is would only serve to setback efforts to establish a peace process.

Mr. Adams said:

"Yesterday's decision to jail Basatuna leader Arnaldo Otegi is deeply concerning and will only serve to setback efforts to establish a peace process. The policy of criminalisation and exclusion pursued by successive Spanish governments has been a failure and should be ended.

"It is our view that a real opportunity exists to make progress and last week‚s vote in the Spanish Parliament, and the outcome of the recent elections in the Basque country, are further evidence of that. This opportunity should be grasped. " ENDS

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