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Basque separatist leader held

May 21, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Spanish and French authorities arrested one of the highest-ranking members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA, a Spanish police spokesman said.

Javier Lopez Pena was detained in Bordeaux with three other alleged ETA members, the police spokesman said anonymously, in keeping with police regulations.

The official said Lopez Pena played a key role in the ETA's decision to end a cease-fire.

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