While he was on the run from 2020, José Antonio Urrutikoetxea Bengoetxea, said Josu Ternera, had been arrested in France in may 2019. Incarcerated since then, the former chief of the basque separatist organisation ETA had been released under judicial supervision were re-arrested on his release from prison after the filing of an extradition request by Spain. Josu Ternera will this time really be able to get out. The court of appeal of Paris, on Wednesday ordered his release.
He will be under house arrest under electronic bracelet. Josu Ternera, aged 69 years, must be retried twice in France and made the subject of a european arrest warrant and of two extradition requests from the Spanish court. It should be released and assigned to residence in Paris from Thursday. The court of appeal had ordered the 1st of July a feasibility study on his release under electronic surveillance.
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"A logical decision" for his lawyer
At a hearing Wednesday, at which appeared Josu Ternera, the president of the chambre de l'instruction of the Paris court of appeal has indicated that the report had " concluded to the feasibility of placement under electronic bracelet ". It is " feasible ", added the general counsel. "I welcome this decision as a sign of commitment to peace and justice that is rendered in dignity," said to Me, Laure Heinich, lawyer, Josu Ternera.
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" It is a logical decision, respectful of the presumption of innocence ", also welcomed Me Laurent Pasquet-Marinacce, the other lawyer of Josu Ternera, pointing out that his client "is registered at the Sorbonne in 3rd year history" and that it will be " hosted by a teacher from the École normale supérieure ".Updated Date: 29 July 2020, 13:33