Spanish police arrested a well-known Basque politician linked to the armed Basque separatist group ETA on Tuesday, along with nine suspected collaborators, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Police arrested a leading politician linked to the Basque separatist group ETA on Friday, shortly after the Spanish Supreme Court upheld his 15-month sentence for praising terrorism, CNN partner station CNN+ reported.
A Socialist was elected for the first time as Basque regional president on Tuesday, ending decades of pro-independence Basque nationalist rule in northern Spain.
The incumbent Basque nationalists won the most seats in Basque regional parliamentary elections on Sunday, but they could lose a 29-year hold on power because three non-nationalist parties won a combined majority for the first time, according to official election results. The vote for the powerful 75-seat regional parliament and Basque president are seen as a bellwether of the region’s sentiment on how to end decades of violence by the Basque separatist group ETA