Top ETA figure barred from running in Spain's Basque election

A prominent former ETA member credited with helping to move the armed Basque separatist group away from violence was barred Wednesday from running in Spanish regional elections next month. A Spanish electoral commission declared Arnaldo Otegi “unelectable” over a previous conviction on terrorism charges for trying to resurrect Batasuna, ETA’s outlawed political wing. Otegi joined ETA as a teenager and was also previously jailed for the kidnapping of a factory director.

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