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Spain frees convicted terrorist after court ruling

Spain court heeds European rights tribunal to release ETA prisoner denied sentence reduction

Spain frees convicted terrorist after court ruling

MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish court has ordered released a convicted terrorist after a top European human rights court ruled that her rights were violated.

Ines del Rio Prada was sentenced in 1987 to a total of 3,828 years for multiple terror attacks carried out by the armed Basque group ETA.

She had been due for release in 2008 but Spain's courts ruled her sentence reduction was applicable only to her full sentence, and not to the 30-year maximum period she could be kept in jail under law.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in del Rio's favor Monday and Spain's National Court heeded the decision Tuesday, ordering her release.

Spanish authorities have warned this could lead to demands for release by more than 100 prisoners including convicted terrorists and killers.


Updated : 2021-05-11 03:57 GMT+08:00