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Two ETA members admit they received arms training in Venezuela

Spanish Judge Ismael Moreno said that Javier Atristain and Juan Carlos Besance, who were arrested on Wednesday in the Basque Country, took arms training in Venezuela between July and August 2008

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  EL UNIVERSAL
Monday October 04, 2010  09:27 AM


Two alleged members of the Basque separatist group ETA admitted that they have received arms training in Venezuela, according to an indictment.

Judge Ismael Moreno said that Javier Atristain and Juan Carlos Besance, who were arrested on Wednesday in the Basque Country, said they have received arms training in Venezuela between July and August 2008, AP reported.

According to the judge, ETA suspect Arturo Cubillas, who is a longtime resident of Venezuela, provided arms training to both men. Cubillas was charged in March in another case filed by the Spanish National Court of being an intermediary between the Basque separatist group ETA and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), under the protection of the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

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