Friday, March 19, 2004

Gurasoak Warns of Life Sentences

Today at Berria English:

Gurasoak association believes “life sentences are being handed down”

The association has organised a demo in the streets of Bilbo for March 27 in protest at the judgements that are going to be pronounced in the coming months

Gotzon Hermosilla – BILBO
The Gurasoak association has denounced the genuine “life sentences” expected to be handed down during the trials over the coming two months of many young people involved in street troubles, from what they can deduce from the public prosecutor’s demands. To register their protest, the association has organised a demonstration scheduled to start out from the Jesusen Bihotza (Sacred Heart of Jesus) square in Bilbo on Saturday, March 27.

Txusa Etxeandia, the Gurasoak association spokesperson, has announced that the Public Prosecutor is seeking more than 50 years in some of these trials set to be held over the next few days. In fact, three young people are going to be tried on March 23 and the public prosecutor is seeking 54-year prison sentences for each of them. “If we bear in mind that the judge often accepts the demand of the public prosecutor as it stands, we can say that life sentences are imposed in the Spanish State, whatever the law may say to the contrary,” said Etxeandia.

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