Mexico turns over suspected ETA member to Spain

November 30

Madrid –  A suspected member of the Basque terrorist group ETA arrived in Spain Tuesday after being expelled from Mexico, the Spanish Interior Ministry said.

Juan Carlos Recarte Gutierrez is wanted in Spain for his connection to a slaying committed by ETA in 1987.

Mexican authorities detained Recarte after receiving an anonynous tip that he was in the country illegally.

Spanish police and Spain’s CNI intelligence agency found that the man in custody was Juan Carlos Recarte Gutierrez, born in 1967 in the northern city of Pamplona.

The Mexican government expelled Recarte and put him on a flight to Madrid, where he arrived at dawn Tuesday to be handed over to the National Court.

Police officials said that Recarte was arrested without incident upon his arrival at Barajas International Airport.

The man in custody joined ETA in the 1980s and, at the end of 1986, became a member of the AMAIUR commando group related to several attacks perpetrated in 1987 by the terrorist organization.

One of them was committed on Oct. 17 of that year against the La Union y El Fenix Español insurance company’s building in Pamplona, in which Maria Cruz Yoldi Arradres, a newspaper delivery woman, was killed.

In 1990 Recarte fled following an armed clash in Pamplona between members of the AMAIUR commando group and Spanish police.

ETA has killed more than 800 people since 1968 in its campaign for an independent Basque state in parts of northern Spain and southwestern France.

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