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The PNV asks the ETA prisoners to correspond to the end of the dispersal with a gesture of "acknowledgment of the damage caused"


Minister Grande-Marlaska affirms that the removal of the inmates "no longer made sense" after the defeat of the terrorist group

The president of the PNV, Andoni Ortuzar, participates this Saturday in an electoral act of his party in Iruña de Oca (Álava). David Aguilar (EFE)

The president of the PNV, Andoni Ortuzar, considers positive the rapprochement of all ETA prisoners to Basque and Navarrese prisons —which the government of Pedro Sánchez began five years ago and is about to end—, but he has stressed that, after the end of the policy of dispersal, the members of the terrorist band and their entourage must now take the step of acknowledging "the unjust harm caused" to the victims and to society.

"Little by little we are closing the black past of terrorism and violence", but "several steps are still missing", the nationalist leader said this Saturday at an act of his party in Iruña de Oca (Álava).

The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, in another act in Segovia, has defended that the removal of the ETA prisoners "no longer made sense" after the defeat of the terrorist group.

Ortuzar welcomed the decision of Penitentiary Institutions, under the Ministry of the Interior, to complete the process of transferring all ETA inmates to prisons in the Basque Country and Navarra.

This Friday, the Government announced the transfer of five of the last six inmates of the terrorist organization, including Irantzu Gallastegi Sodupe, alias


, sentenced, among other causes, for the murder of PP councilor Miguel Ángel Blanco.

With this decision, only Natividad Jauregi, alias

Pepona , will remain in a prison that is neither Basque nor Navarre

, 63, who is awaiting trial.

Thus, in the absence of that last punctual transfer, the Executive of Pedro Sánchez puts an end to the policy of dispersal of ETA prisoners that Felipe González, also a socialist, established 34 years ago and maintained by successive governments.

For the PNV, keeping ETA prisoners in prisons far from the place of residence of their relatives "no longer made any sense."

"It is an important step towards coexistence in this country," said Ortuzar.

Of the 161 ETA prisoners incarcerated in Spain, nine will be in the Pamplona prison and 151 in one of the three prisons managed by the Basque Government since October 2021, according to data collected by EL PAÍS from different sources.

In addition, in France there are 13 other inmates.

The leader of the PNV has indicated that the culmination of the rapprochement process must now be seen reciprocated with a gesture from the ETA prisoners and their social and political environment, alluding to EH Bildu.

He has reminded them that "there are still some steps [to be taken]", among which he has considered "important" that there be a "recognition of the unfair damage caused by violence, before the victims and before society".

“It would be a very important step towards coexistence among Basques and for the coexistence of Euskadi with the rest of the world”, stated Ortuzar.

The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, has also referred to this matter in a ceremony held in Segovia.

He has defended that the removal of ETA prisoners was an "effective" anti-terrorist policy, but that, once the band was "defeated", "it no longer made sense" to maintain it and the prison legislation had to be applied, which establishes that " all inmates must serve their sentences as close as possible to their social environment”.

Marlaska has taken the opportunity to charge against the PP for its criticism of the end of the dispersal.

This party, said the head of the Interior, "practices cynicism and makes an absolutely inappropriate and indecent use of what has been the fight against terrorism in this country for the last 50 years."

And he has once again recalled that when the populares were in government, with José María Aznar as president, "more than 500 members of ETA were approached in the Basque Country and Navarre" between 1997 and 1998, when the band "continued killing and kidnapping ”.

Source: elparis

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