There is already a date for the historic ETA member José Antonio Urritikoetxea, alias 'Josu Ternera', to sit on the bench of the National High Court to answer for the attack against the Zaragoza Barracks at the end of 1987, in which 11 people died, including five children, and in which almost 90 were injured.
It will be at the beginning of 2024, specifically between January 9 and 11 of that year, as indicated by the National Court in a procedure dated last Friday to which ABC has had access. Three sessions, for which there is still more than a year and a half to go, and which will be held from 10:00 in the morning during those three days.
This appointment of date comes after the Second Section of the Criminal Chamber, which is the one that has plunged this trial, rejected last March the request to file the case by the defense of Josu Ternera, to whom Gonzalo Boye, a well-known lawyer for secessionists such as former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, represents.
The Public Prosecutor's Office of the National High Court asks for Josu Ternera more than 2,350 years in prison for this attack: 30 for each of the 11 murders and 23 for each of the 88 wounded left by this attack, whose perpetrator was Henri Parot, one of the most bloodthirsty assassins in the entire history of ETA. The accusations, for their part, request another 400 more years in prison, up to a total of 2,774.
Ternera is accused as the mastermind, since at the time the events occurred, in December 1987, he was the head of the terrorist group. And, therefore, the Prosecutor's Office and the private and popular accusations accuse him of being the one who gave the order to carry out said attack.
This historic head of ETA is currently on probation in France, where he was arrested in 2019 after escaping in 2002, for which he remained on the run for 17 years. The neighboring country must temporarily extradite him so that he can be tried in Spain for this massive crime. Of course, there is still more than a year and a half left for Josu Ternera to sit on the bench of the National Court for said attack.