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ETA killer freed from prison

August 03, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A notorious and unrepentant Basque separatist convicted of killing 25 people, including a dozen policemen in a Madrid car bombing, walked out of a Spanish prison a free man after 21 years.

Jose Ignacio de Juana Chaos, 52, was released from a prison in Aranjuez, outside Madrid, exactly 40 years after the armed group ETA's first targeted killing.

ETA, which stands for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, or Basque Homeland and Freedom in the Basque language, has been fighting for an independent Basque nation since the late 1960s. More than 800 people have been killed.

De Juana Chaos, a former police officer who joined one of ETA's most active commando units, was arrested in 1987 and convicted two years later of killing 25 people in a string of attacks, including the Madrid car bombing in 1986.

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