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Susper gets the third grade

Maria Jose Gonzalez

May 1, 2024 | 7:20 p.m.

The Basque Government has granted the third degree to Ibon Fernández Iradi, known as "Susper" and former head of the terrorist group ETA. This decision is part of a series of similar measures that have benefited other members of the organization since the regional government assumed responsibility for prison policy in October 2021.

"Susper" was arrested in 2002, and his detention resulted in the seizure of valuable documentation that led to the arrest of another hundred ETA members. The third degree has also recently been approved for Iratxe Yáñez Ortiz de Barron, arrested in 2010, who tried to flee in a vehicle after being intercepted at a checkpoint while traveling to Portugal.

To date, the Basque Government has approved the third degree for a total of 69 prisoners related to ETA, of which 56 are directly involved in terrorist activities. Of these cases, 13 have been re-evaluated after revocations by the National Court, resulting in 9 conditional releases and 5 complete releases due to completion of the sentence.

These decisions have been the subject of controversy and debate, especially among victims of terrorism and their associations, who often see these measures as an affront to justice and the memory of the victims.

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