Spanish Communist leader Santiago Carrillo, who was freed on bail from a Madrid prison on Thursday (30 December) told newsmen afterwards that he was surprised by the suddenness of his release.
Spanish Communist leader Santiago Carrillo, who was freed on bail from a Madrid prison on Thursday (30 December) told newsmen afterwards that he was surprised by the suddenness of his release. He spent eight days in the top security Carabanchel prison on a charge of illegal association.
SYNOPSIS: The 62-year-old Secretary-General of the illegal Spanish Communist Party talked to reporters at his home in a Madrid suburb after an immediate ban by Madrid's Civil Governor prevented him from holding a news conference in another part of the city.
Precautions were taken to prevent any unwelcome interruptions. Senor Carrillo was seized by detectives in madrid on the 22nd of December, twelve days after he had held a clandestine press conference and claimed he had secretly returned to Spain in February after 37 years in exile.
A government statement after his arrest said Senor Carrillo had made several trips abroad since his return, but did not explain how he had managed to evade detection. Senor Carrillo told reporters that he had been treated correctly by the police and had fared reasonably well in prison. While there he had met convicted members of E.T.A., the Basque nationalist guerrilla organisation, and though he disagreed with their methods, they were good people, he said.