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García Castellón suggests putting six members of Sortu on trial for 120 acts of welcoming ETA

García Castellón suggests putting six members of Sortu on trial for 120 acts of welcoming ETA (2)

Jeickson Sulbaran

April 4, 2024 | 11:56 a.m.

The proposed trial against six members of Sortu for honoring ETA prisoners puts into focus the thin line between freedom of expression and the humiliation of victims of terrorism

Six people, mostly former members of ETA, They face the possibility of being tried for acts that the National Court considers to be continued humiliation of the victims of terrorism and glorification of said activities.. Manuel García Castellón, judge of the National Court, has set a precedent by proposing this trial based on the organization of 120 welcome events, known as "ongietorri", aimed at ETA prisoners between 2016 and 2020.

Among those investigated are prominent figures from the Sortu Prisoners Commission, such as José Antonio López Ruiz, Kubati, and Oihana Garmendia Marín, who, along with three others, would have orchestrated these acts following a meticulous protocol. This scheme not only defined who was honored but also how these acts should be carried out., excluding those prisoners who had disassociated themselves from the group or taken up reintegration pathways outside the ETA framework.

At the center of the controversy, the Sortu Prisoners Commission and its commitment to the discipline of the group

The controversy is not limited to the organization of the events, but extends to public perception and the impact on victims of terrorism. These acts, carried out in a context of search for peace and normalization in the Basque Country, rekindle the pain of many families and call into question reconciliation efforts.

Despite the intention to extend the investigation to delve deeper into the internal communication of Sortu and Sare, the National Court revoked this decision, marking an important milestone in the case. This legal twist adds a layer of complexity to the already delicate process of managing ETA's legacy in Basque society.

At this legal crossroads, the citizens of Bizkaia and the rest of the Basque Country face the difficult task of balancing respect for freedom of expression with the need to close the wounds left open by decades of violence. The case proposed by García Castellón thus becomes a mirror of the tensions still present in the community and a reminder of the long road towards lasting peace.

The decision of the National Court: a reflection of the challenges in post-ETA reconciliation

As inhabitants of a region that has witnessed the deepest pain but also the most sincere hope, The possible judicialization of these acts forces us to reflect on our recent history. The proposed trial is not just a legal procedure; It is a defining moment in our collective fight to build a future in which mutual respect and peaceful coexistence are the pillars of our society.

This trial, if it materializes, could serve as a turning point, evidencing the need for justice that García Castellón comments on, although it must be implacable with terrorism, it must also be compassionate with those who genuinely seek redemption. The task before us is monumental, but it is also an opportunity to demonstrate that forgiveness and memory can coexist., paving the way to true and lasting peace.

Basque society in the mirror: memory, justice and reconciliation

This case not only confronts us with our past but also invites us to reflect on the type of future we want to build. The possibility of a trial against these six members of Sortu for glorifying terrorism and humiliating the victims reminds us that the path to peace is winding and that each step we take must be meditated with the heart and reason in balance. In Bizkaia, as in all of Euskadi, we continue walking towards that future, one step at a time, with the hope that justice and reconciliation will guide us towards a more harmonious and fair coexistence.

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