They were arrested in 2015 after being accused by the Ertzaintza (Basque police) of being members of pro-independence organization Segi. The Spanish Constitutional Court has now declared the order for arrest and imprisonment invalid and “against the law and rights”.
The Vitoria-Gasteiz police charge on 18 may 2015, which lasted several hours and injured a dozen people no longer has legal support. In the“human wall” –a hundred people showed passive resistance to protect the people who had been condemned– Aiala Zaldibar, Igarki Robles and Ibon Esteban were arrested. Some days before the police had arrested Xabat Moran, Marina Sagastizabal, Bergoi Madernaz and Ainhoa Villaverde. In 2014 the Spanish National High Court judged the seven and they were sentenced to six years of imprisonment for being members of an “armed group”.
But a higher court declared the decision invalid, as the Spanish Constitutional Court has stated, because legal proceedings had not been respected, the defence having had no opportunity to present its allegations. In fact, the defence made an appeal, but the National High Court –with judge Angela Murillo in charge– illegally ordered the arrest of the seven young people. And the Basque police carried that order out.
As reported in ARGIA magazine, this is not the first time that the Basque police has asked judge Angela Murillo for permission to arrest people condemned in order to avoid the resistance that they have come up against in other “human walls”. So, without wasting time or gong through any legal procedures, the police arrested these people.
As the defence of the accused explained to radio station Hala Bedi, the judges did know that the prison sentence against the young people had “no legal basis” and that “maybe that was the reason why they decided to overlook their rights and warranties.”
In fact, a few months after they were arrested five of seven were acquitted and Villaverde and Esteban’s sentence was reduced to two years. The defence attorneys have said they are considering the possibility of making a complaint to the Spanish State for the harm caused by the judges’ actions. “We do know, however, that the damage cannotbe repaired,” they added. The seven young spent almost a year in prison, and another year and a half before hand in provisional imprisonment.
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ARGIA is the senior Basque publication, and it now has its 100th anniversary. Members of ARGIA, along with representatives from the Basque Government, have presented the acts which will be held to celebrate the anniversary. "A century is no ordinary anniversary, and our team has been preparing appropriate celebrations for a long time now", they explained.
The workers have decided to go on strike until they get acceptable working conditions and regular contracts, and a sector-wide agreement is reached.
Klika (‘Click’) is the slogan which has been chosen for this year's Korrika ('Run'), which is the 21st time it will be held. From April 4th to 14th it will go all around the Basque Country, starting at Gares and finishing at Gasteiz. The pro-Basque language run will pay tribute to Jose Luis "Txillardegi" Alvarez Enparantza for his contribution to Basque culture, activism and thought.
The event will take place on May 5th, and the intention is to show solidarity which is often hidden from view. A symbolic gesture will be used to that end: the embrace.
The Strasbourg Human Rights Court has punished Spain for not giving Arnaldo Otegi a fair trial. As a result of the unfair trial the Basque Left leader spent six and a half years in a Spanish prison, as did a further four people on trial in the Bateragune (´Place for Coming Together') case.
The trial on the murder of Iñigo Cabacas has started in Bilbao, atthe third Court of Bizkaia. Six Basque policemen will be judged for being in charge of giving orders or for having admitted firing rubber bullets on the day of the murder. Other Basque policemen also shot rubber bullerts, but their identity has just to be disclosed at the trial.
On 6th October thousands of people took to the streets of Gasteiz (Araba, Basque Country) for Okupatu Gasteiz Eguna (Gasteiz Squatters' Day). Their aim was to congratulate the city's squatter movements and self-managed projects and, in spite of the city council's censorship, proclaim that the streets belongs to everybody. The day started with a colourful demonstration, but that was followed by a festive spirit which lasted until the early hours of the next day.
On Monday Bilbao City Council (Bizkaia, Basque Country) opened what it has called "Zorrotzaurre Island". At the act local people expressed their disagreement with the project.
Sustrai Erakuntza foundation has presented a proposal for the improvement of railway system resources as an alternative of the High-Speed Train (HST) –Abiadura Handiko Trena in Basque (AHT)– that is planned to be implanted in Navarre (Basque Country).
On October 2nd a worker on the High-Speed Train works died in Zizurkil (Gipuzkoa). It is the second death in these works in just a few days and the ninth in recent years. According to the main Basque trades union the reason of the large amount of deaths is poor working conditions.