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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 March 2007, 20:50 GMT
Eta prisoner ends hunger strike
Poster of Jose Ignacio de Juana Chaos
Images of a frail De Juana Chaos are on display in Basque towns
A Basque separatist prisoner has ended his hunger strike shortly after being moved from Madrid to a hospital in the Basque country, Spanish officials say.

They say Jose Ignacio de Juana Chaos, an Eta member jailed for 25 murders, will be kept under house arrest for the two years remaining on his sentence.

De Juana was force-fed in the latter stages of a hunger strike he began 114 days ago in protest at his sentence.

He was jailed in 1987. The Spanish government has halted talks with Eta.

Spain's Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said he had decided to transfer the seriously ill prisoner to prevent his death.

Last year, on the verge of release, de Juana was sentenced to another 12 years for writing threatening newspaper articles.

Tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated on Saturday against a Supreme Court decision to cut his latest sentence to three years.

Eta has been waging a violent campaign for Basque independence and has been blamed for more than 800 deaths since 1968.


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