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Basque terror boss cops eight years more

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Basque terror boss cops eight years more
A French policeman escorts suspected Basque terrorist Juan Maria Mugica Dorronsoro (right) in 2012. Photo: Gaizka Iroz/AFP
08:32 CET+01:00
A Basque separatist nicknamed Cherokee who was once the most wanted ETA military leader now faces more than 400 years in prison after a French court on Tuesday slapped him with a latest sentence of eight years.

Less than two years after being sentenced to 20 years by a Paris court on charges including a kidnapping, former ETA military leader Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, alias "Txeroki", was handed another eight years.

A Spanish court in 2011 already sentenced Txeroki in absentia to 377 years in prison for 20 attempted assassinations.

His latest sentence was for more charges brought against him in the aftermath of his 2008 arrest in Paris, including the planning of terrorist acts, possession of unauthorized weapons and forged documents.

Txeroki will face another trial next month for the 2007 murder of two Spanish paramilitary police near France's Basque country.

ETA is blamed for more than 800 deaths in a four-decade campaign of bombings and shootings for the independence of the Basque homeland, which straddles northern Spain and southwestern France.

Considered a terrorist group by the European Union and the United States, it announced in October 2011 that it was giving up its armed struggle.

But it has yet to formally disarm, and the Spanish government has refused to hold talks with its leaders.

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