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Etara Guridi Lasa sentenced to 52 years in prison

The ETA member José Ignacio Guridi Lasa.

The ETA member José Ignacio Guridi Lasa.

The National Court has sentenced ETA José Ignacio Guridi Lasa to 52 years in prison for the placement of an artifact that did not explode on the windowsill of a home in Citruénigo (Navarra) in which he thought a civil guard lived, but which at that time, November 2000, was inhabited by a woman and a small child.

As requested by the Prosecutor’s Office, the First Section of the Criminal Chamber has sentenced Guridi Lasa, Xabi, to two 19-year sentences for two crimes of attempted terrorist murder with the aggravating circumstance of recidivism – for the two people who lived in the house – and another 14 years for terrorist ravages to a degree of attempt.

The sentence declares proven that on those dates the defendant was part of the Totto command and, following the instructions of the person responsible for it, on an unspecified date, but close to and prior to November 9, 2000, its members placed an explosive device in a planter located on the windowsill of one of the windows of the living-dining room on the first floor of a house in the town of Cintruénigo.

The objective was to cause the death of a member of the Civil Guard who resided in that rental house until March 1996, ignoring the command that had moved to another localityTherefore, it was already inhabited by another person “not belonging to the security forces”, and his minor son.

The device, the sentence continues, did not explode due to the interruption of the electrical flow of the circuit, caused by the breakage of the conductive wires of the wiring in any of the connections.

On January 28, 2001 he was found in the planter, proceeding to his withdrawal and deactivation by specialists from the GEDEX of the Civil Guard of Navarra.

According to the magistrates, “the explosion of the device, given its power, if it had occurred, would have caused the death of all the people who were in the house, that on the date of the events, as has already been stated, it was inhabited by an adult and his youngest son, four years old. ”

Also, it would have caused serious damage to the floor and ceiling of the room, which corresponded to the floor of the first floor.

The side and rear facades of the house would also have been practically destroyed due to their proximity to the source of the explosion and the front facade located on the opposite wall the place where the artifact was placed would have suffered serious damage, as well as all the objects and belongings that were in that room.

Likewise, they continue, it would have affected nearby houses, “generated enormous and serious damage not only on that front, but also on those neighboring houses, as a result of the pressure and the expansive wave that also it would have hit cars, homes and even injured people who were or were passing by at the time of the explosion, which would have caused very probable injuries. ”

To convict the accused, the magistrates rely on the expert evidence that found coincidences in the composition of this artifact with other similar elements found by the Ertzaintza in the register of the residence of Guridi Lasa after his arrest.

“Probability of its criminal responsibility that becomes full conviction”, with the graphical expert of three documents handwritten in Basque intervened to the direction of ETA in which details about that action that only its author could know and that were explained “effectively expressed in his own handwriting the merited Jose Ignacio Guridi Lasa, that he acknowledged in the turn of the last word having belonged to the terrorist organization ETA “, concludes the court.

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