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28 ETA prisoners go on hunger strike

08-10-2012 03:11 BJT

MADRID, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- A total of 28 prisoners from the Basque pro-independence group ETA are on hunger strike, local media reported on Thursday.

The prisoners, who are currently in French and Spanish jails, decided to join the hunger strike in solidarity with a fellow prisoner Iosu Uribetxebarria Bolinaga, who is terminally ill.

Bolinaga had been convicted of kidnapping prison officer Jose Antonio Ortega Lara, and he is currently in hospital for cancer treatment.

Bolinaga's legal representatives have requested his release on medical grounds. The judge has asked for reports on the health of the prisoner so that he can take a decision.

Bolinaga was sentenced to 32 years in prison along with three other ETA members for the kidnapping of Lara, who was found by police in July 1997.

ETA has killed 829 people since it began its struggle for independence of the Basque region. In October last year, the group announced it would renounce violence.

However, the government ordered the group to be dismantled before negotiations could begin. A totaly of 24 suspected members of ETA have been arrested since then.



Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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