UK high court clears way for Basque extradition

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Posted: Jan 23, 2012 12:56 PM
UK high court clears way for Basque extradition

Britain's High Court has cleared the way for the extradition of a suspected Basque separatist wanted in connection with a plot to assassinate Spain's king.

The court ruled Monday that Eneko Gogeaskoetxea Arronategui, 44, can be sent to Spain. He has several days to appeal the decision.

Gogeaskoetxea Arronategui is suspected of being one of several ETA members allegedly behind a foiled bomb plot at the 1997 opening of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, in northern Spain. King Juan Carlos was believed to have been the target.

The suspect was arrested in July at his home in Cambridge.

ETA is a Basque separatist group that has killed 829 people since 1968 in a campaign of bombings, shootings, kidnappings and extortion.