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ETA expands to Portugal

14 August 2008

BASQUE NATIONALIST separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasun (ETA), Basque Homeland and Freedom, has been trying to establish a logistic backup in Portugal.

According to reports in the Spanish media, one of the ETA leaders, Arkaitz Goikoetxea, arrested in July by the Guardia Civil, has revealed that he visited Portugal on numerous occasions during 2007.

It has been stated that in his testimony, he admitted visiting the country to “obtain infrastructures” along with car and motorbike number plates for falsification.

The Basque group is said to have used Portugal-based rental vehicles in 2006 and 2007 for a series of attacks.

To strengthen the surveillance over the illegal organisation’s activities, the Portuguese and Spanish authorities signed a political agreement in October 2007 so that police forces in the two countries can work together.

In Portugal, that cooperation is said to involve the GNR, PSP and PJ, although authorities do not reveal further information about their work.

On the Spanish side, the Guardia Civil and the Corpo Nacional de Policia are the police forces controlling the operations.

Source: http://portugalresident.com

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