ZURICH Switzerland has agreed to extradite to Spain a female convicted there of supporting the Basque separatist group ETA, rejecting her assert that she was tortured into confessing while in Spanish custody, Swiss justice officials said on Thursday.
Swiss authorities arrested the female, who was not discovered, in Zurich final April. She had been living less than an assumed title in Switzerland considering the fact that 2009.
The female had fled Spain that calendar year soon after a courtroom sentenced her to 6 decades and 9 months in jail for supporting ETA, a sentence that was minimized this calendar year to three-one/2 decades, Switzerland’s Federal Business of Justice said in a assertion.
“The ETA activist could not credibly clearly show that she was basically tortured in Spain,” it said. The female has thirty times to enchantment versus the conclusion, which also hinges on her pending ask for for asylum in Switzerland, the justice office said.
ETA, which has killed a lot more than 800 people today more than many many years and declared a lasting ceasefire 6 decades back, has been seriously weakened in latest decades soon after hundreds of its members were being arrested and law enforcement seized many weapons stashes.
(Reporting by Michael Shields Modifying by Catherine Evans)