Spain indicts 3 for ETA and FARC group links

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Posted: Mar 07, 2011 1:04 PM
Spain indicts 3 for ETA and FARC group links

A Spanish judge has indicted three Basque separatists, including a Venezuelan resident, on terrorism charges for suspected roles in organizing collaboration between armed Basque separatist group ETA and Colombia's FARC rebels.

In a ruling Monday, Judge Eloy Velasco charged Francisco Javier Lopez Pena, Mikel Carrera Sarobe and Arturo Cubillas with membership of ETA with the rank of leaders.

Lopez and Saraobe, allegedly former top chiefs of ETA, are in jail in France since their arrests in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

Cubillas is a longtime resident of Venezuela and currently holds a job in President Hugo Chavez's government.

Spain last year asked for his extradition but Venezuela has refused to hand him over.