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Sinn Féin MEP calls for Spanish Government to Release Inaki de Juana

22 September, 2006


Basque political prisoner Inaki de Juana has been on hunger strike since August 7th. Having served 18 years in prison he was due to be released in October 2004. However folowing the publication of a number of articles in the daily newspaper Gara, in which de Juana outlined his support for the Basque independence movement he has been accused and convicted of 'supporting terrorism'. As a conequence he has received an additional sentence of 90 years in jail.

De Juana has embarked upon a hunger strike in order to draw attention to his plight.

Speaking in advance of protests due to take place across Ireland this weekend, Sinn Fein MEP Bairbre de Brun has called for the 'Spanish government to intervene immediately and release Inaki de Juana.'

Speaking from Belfast Ms de Brun said:

"Inaki de Juana should have been released from prison 2 years ago. His continued incarceration is unjust and undemocratic. He has now been on hunger strike for 49 days and his situation is becoming critical.

"At a time when Basque society is working to build a peace process this situation is actively undermining that work.

"The Spanish government must intervene immediately and release Inaki de Juana.' ENDS

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