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ETA man seeks help from UN expert

Jose Ignacio de Juana Chaos - Getty Images
Inaki de Juana Chaos was jailed for involvement in 25 murders

Lawyers for a convicted Eta killer battling extradition from NI want to seek help from a United Nations human rights expert, a court has heard.

Inaki de Juana Chaos, 53, of Iris Street in Belfast, is sought by the Spanish authorities on a charge of "glorifying terrorism".

He was not present at a hearing at Belfast Recorder's Court on Friday.

It heard Professor Martin Schenin dealt with the impact of his isolation during 18 years in a Spanish jail.

Professor Schenin is United Nations special rapporteur on the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.

Defence barrister Stephen Ritchie told the court Professor Schenin "dealt with specifically this particular applicant and with the impact of that isolation and being held incommunicado as De Juana Chaos was for some 18 years of the 21 years of his previous incarceration".

De Juana Chaos was sentenced to 3,000 years in prison in Spain for 25 murders in the 1980s.

However, he was released early in August 2008 and later moved to Ireland.

The charge against him concerns a message which was allegedly read out in his name after his release.

It contained the Basque phrase aurrrea bolie, which translates literally as "kick the ball forward".

Spanish authorities said the phrase was used in many letters among Eta members as an expression of encouragement and continuity in their terrorist activities.



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