Sixteen alleged Basque nationalist guerrillas who are on trial at Burgos in Northern Spain have claimed that they were tortured during police interrogation.
Sixteen alleged Basque nationalist guerrillas who are on trial at Burgos in Northern Spain have claimed that they were tortured during police interrogation. Today (Monday, 7 December) the hearing was adjourned for one day because one of the military judges was said to be suffering from stomach trouble and tension.
On Sunday Victor Arana, 27, told the court martial that his earlier statements to the police were obtained under torture. Jesus Abrisqueta, 21, claimed that he had suffered "systematic torture" during interrogation.
Both admitted they were militants of the Basque Nationalist Movement, a small revolutionary group which uses guerrilla tactics in its campaign for a separate Basque State near Spain's border with France. They will face possible prison sentences of up to 80 years for terrorism, illegal possession of firearms and other charges.
Six of the accused are liable to execution if convicted of being involved in the murder in 1968 of the political police chief in San Sebastian.
Police in the San Sebastian area are still searching for the West German Consul in San Sebastian, Herr Eugen Beihl, who was kidnapped there last week. A Basque organisation in South-West France says that his fate depends on the verdicts in the trial at Burgos.