Spain Charges 13 Over ETA-FARC Plot To Kill Colombian President

first_img “More recently” Uribe was also added to that list, the ruling said. The judge charged six suspected members of ETA and seven members of FARC in connection with the plot. Judge Eloy Velasco also charged Venezuelan government cooperated in the plot, according to a copy of his ruling. The judge charged Fontan and two FARC members, Edgar Gustavo Navarro Morales and Victor Ramon Vargas Salazar, with conspiracy to commit terrorist murders. The FARC member reported that “it would not be difficult to carry out an attack on those two targets as long as they could count on the help of ETA,” the ruling said. ETA, which figures on several terrorist blacklists, including those of the European Union and the United States, is blamed for 828 deaths in its 41-year campaign for independence in the Basque region of northern Spain and southwestern France. Fontan was in charge of ETA operations “in this part of Latin America since 1999” and “coordinated relations between FARC and ETA and the participation of ETA members in courses on explosives and urban guerrilla warfare,” Velasco said. He said a member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had carried out surveillance on the Colombian embassy in Madrid and the routes taken by former Colombian president Andres Pastrana, who lives in Spain. By Dialogo March 01, 2010 Charging that it was the target of the deal, Venezuela retaliated by freezing ties with Colombia. Simmering tensions between Bogota and Caracas have sharpened since Colombia signed an agreement with Washington last year granting the US military access to bases on its territory for counter-drug and counter-insurgency operations. The FARC therefore asked ETA to follow Pastrana, as well as the former ambassador to Spain Noemi Sanin, current Vice President Francisco Santos, the former mayor of Bogota Antanas Mockus “with the aim of assassinating one of them when they were in Spain.” Among those charged was ETA member Arturo Cubillas Fontan, who was named to a post in Venezuela’s agriculture ministry in 2005 and whose Venezuelan wife, Goizeder Odriozola Lataillade, is an official in the government of President Hugo Chavez. Uribe has rejected a political dialogue with the FARC, which has battled the government in Bogota for 45 years. A Spanish judge Monday charged 13 members of the Basque separatist group ETA and the Colombian rebel group FARC over a plot to assassinate Colombian officials, including President Alvaro Uribe. last_img

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