Spain Arrests Politician, 9 Others Linked To Basque Separatist Group

MADRID, Spain (CNN) — Spanish police arrested a well-known Basque politician linked to the armed Basque separatist group ETA on Tuesday, along with nine suspected collaborators, Spain’s Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The politician, Arnaldo Otegi, is a leader of the former Batasuna party, outlawed for its ties to ETA, which is blamed for more than 800 deaths in its four-decade fight for Basque independence.

Otegi and the others were arrested in northern Spain for trying to regroup the leadership of the so-called Basque left movement in order to “carry out ETA’s orders,” the statement said.

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