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Former ETA leader jailed for conspiracy in 1997 to attack former Spanish king Juan Carlos I


The former leader of the Basque separatist group ETA has been jailed for ordering an attack on the former King of Spain.

María Soledad Iparraguirre Guenechea was convicted of “crimes against the Crown” and “possession of weapons of war within a terrorist organization”.

Iparraguirre, also known as “Anboto”, was sentenced Tuesday to a total of 15 years in prison.

She had admitted the charges before the Spanish National Court, which specializes in terrorism cases.

The sentence comes on top of an initial 122-year prison sentence that Iparraguirre is already serving, Judge José Antonio Mora said.

The 60-year-old has been accused of organizing a plan to attack Spain’s King Juan Carlos I during the inauguration of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in 1997.

The attempt resulted in the murder of a Basque regional police officer.

The perpetrator, Eneko Gogeaskoetxea, was arrested in July 2011 in Cambridge, UK, where he had been living for several years with his wife and children under a false identity. Gogeaskoetxea was sentenced to 92 years in prison in May 2016.

Meanwhile, “Anboto” was arrested alongside her partner in October 2004 in France during a large-scale police raid in Salies-de-Béarn.

She was sentenced to 20 years in France for “running” a terrorist enterprise and was returned to Madrid in September 2019 after serving her sentence.

Last July, Iparraguirre was sentenced to 122 years in prison for the 1995 murder of a Spanish soldier, Luciano Cortizo, who died in a car bomb in the city of León.

In May 2018, “Anboto” was chosen by ETA to announce the dissolution of the Basque group. A total of 853 deaths have been attributed to the separatist organization in four decades.

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