de Juana Chaos to appear at Laganside court Monday

From the comments zone here. Picador spotted this Spanish language report on José Ignacio (Iñaki) de Juana Chaos. Apparently he is due to appear at Laganside Recorder’s Court on Monday morning in response to the international arrest warrant issued earlier this week. And, according to this report, solicitors Kevin R. Winters and Company told the Spanish court then that de Juana Chaos was in Belfast and did not want to return to Spain. Adds Meanwhile the International Herald Tribune reports that, “Northern Ireland police are hunting for a Basque militant wanted by Spain for allegedly praising terrorism on the day he was freed from prison, authorities said Thursday.”.. Update BBC report – “Mr Winters said an arrest warrant has been sought by the judicial authorities in Madrid, but that as yet none had been issued by a court in Belfast. “We will be in attendance together with our client on Monday, whether there is a warrant there or not,” he said.”

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  • RepublicanStones

    “…que no han querido aclarar si el terrorista se ha presentado esta mañana en alguno de los juzgados de la capital del Ulster.”

    Está claro que Iñaki de Juana Chaos es una EX-terrorista.

    La verdad…no?

    The bias is quite evident in spanish media is it not? Whether or not he penned the letter is irrelevant i feel, the big issue is the impending Orwellian euro superatate. (I jest)

  • RepublicanStones

    superstate*

  • The basis for his international arrest warrant is ludicrous. He is reputed to have written a letter that, in its repetition of a phrase apparently associated with a certain ETA terrorist -Aurrera bolie!- which is some sort of reference to la pelota vasca but which one might roughly translate as ‘keep ‘er lit’ or perhaps ‘tiocfaidh ar la’.

    I doubt he is a pleasant character, but locking people up for saying things you don’t agree with is totalitarianism pure and simple.

  • sorry, ‘a letter that glorified terrorism’.

  • picador

    One for the linguists amongst you:

    These are the letters for which Mr Chaos was sentenced to 12 years (later reduced to 3 on appeal) for making ‘terrorist threats’ after he’d already served 18 years in prison and was being denied the release he was entitled to. While I’ll admit that I don’t understand every word I cannot see any explicit threat against the people he names as responsible for repression of Basque prisoners. I’m not sure were the letters, which appeared in Gara, were originally in Castellano or Euskera. If I was he, I would give up writing letters!

    El Escudo

    Gallizo

  • picador

    OK, I had an hour free to practice my rusty Spanish

    Decide for yourself:

    Does the following 12 (or even 3 years) in jail?

    El Escudo (the shield)
    ———————-

    I watch the television. I listen to the radio. I read newspapers and magazines and the bombardment is intense and never-ending. The enemy is in full spate. Arrests in Iparralde and Hegoalde. Raids in France and Spain. Poisonous propaganda aimed at spreading the virus of mistrust.

    El Lobo, a low-ranking tout who the txakurrada* hollowed out before throwing on the dungheap is brought back now, elevated to the category of hero of secret service infiltration, a star of films and reports where he swaggers ridiculously according to the demands of scripts and chequebooks.

    Demotivating manoeuvres. Leaks of letters and conversations, full or partial, but in any case self-serving and manipulative, remind us that we should not make their work easy.

    Penal dispersion: within prisons and between prisons. Bad treatment, torture, permanent in form and as old as police repression. Aggression. Suffering for our families and our friends. Sick partners who are blackmailed through the seriousness of the situation.

    Yes, the repression is strong on all fronts and undeniable. Perhaps the enemy is gambling that they can put an end to us? That they can finish the liberation movement? That they can break the people or, at least silence their steps by making them walk only on carpet?

    You don’t have to be psychic to be able to scream with all your force and conviction, to use a politically incorrect expression: Have it clear! Go and shit with all of the above because you are not going to win. Or is that you have still not realised that we have an invulnerable shield – that we are right?

    Like all totalitarian powers, fascist or neofascist, the current (socialist) government, like the last one and the ones before, sees the need to rewrite history permanently, to manipulate and lie, creating new rights and wrongs at its convenience, going far beyond the limits of Orwellian fiction. And all as part of a strategy of war that has the unique and declared objective of our assimilation, to get us to renounce our principles, our values and our rights and to integrate us into their system.

    Fixed trials, corrupt politicians, professional torturers, unscrupulous jailers – you are boring, tiresome and predictable. You deserve neither respect nor consideration, nor even that I take care with the tone of this letter.

    But this deserves an explanation. Is Zapatero’s nature totalitarian? Are those little blue eyes and that angelic smile fascist? The same man who withdrew the troops from Iraq? Who’s going to change the laws on abortion and divorce and other such matters to satisfy the left at home? Yes, totalitarian without a doubt, because taking as a priority the Basque Country – and as Basques we can do no other: Who passes emergency laws? Who creates and maintains special tribunals? Who allows torture? Who suppressed freedom of association, freedom of the press? Who bans political and electoral participation? Whoever does this all to silence a nation and deny it the right to self-determination is a fascist by the book and be done with the flowery language.

    Technically on 24th of October 2004 I finished my prison sentence which was imposed by his judicial and penal system under the Penal Code of 1973, the Francoist code which is incomparably bland compared to the one of his heirs. Since that date I have not been released officially because Judge Gómez Bermúdez, another meteoric star created on the back of Basque suffering, has ‘doubts’ about the length of my sentence. And once again I have not ceased to be amazed – and I hope I never lose that capacity – at the contempt the officials have for their own laws. That we who fight the laws reject them is only natural but that those who making a living from those laws have contempt for them is another indication of how the system functions.

    However the terms illegal, kidnap, etc. can’t and shouldn’t be used in my case and I don’t like the fact that they are used in my defence because seven hundred of us have been kept in prison – and some for longer than I – illegally, kidnapped by an authoritarian system. We belong to a greater society outside prison that does not conform. When alls said and done there are hundreds and thousands of Basques who are currently in a fourth grade penitentiary, waiting for the night when men in uniform break down their door and notify them of repression through their bad behaviour.

    Much clearer has been the minister López Aguilar. De Juana cannot be released in any form and there’s nothing more to say. The motive? He does not show signs of rehabilitation. Fortunately however neither De Juana nor the great majority of the seven hundred prisoners nor a large part of Basque society show signs of rehabilitation.

    (Continued on next post)

  • picador

    Part 2:

    Because rehabilitation in the sense used by the enemy implies defeat and acceptance of the perverted mores represented in such a magnificent fashion by López Aguilar, Gómez Bermúdez, Zapatero and the rest. Ask yourself a question: if 700 men and women with thousands of years served in prison and thousands more still to serve do not present signs of rehabilitation must it not be the case that something is missing in their treatment in prison? What is lacking is that we possess the shield that comes with being right. And that nothing is insuperable, either in the personal or the political sphere, unless you internalise your breakdown.

    In all struggles there are ups and downs. Appearances can be deceiving too. Politically, noise doesn’t mean strength nor silence weakness. We are going to win. We read the stories of other successful struggles and not of those that fail. We’ll compare the reaction of Basque society to our political message, now and 25 years ago. And the rest is easy: work, sacrifice, learn from our mistakes and don’t make ourselves spokes in the wheel of our own bicycle.

    Years ago I heard a very respected colleague forcefully shout ‘Take your dirty hands off the Basque Country’. Yes, take them off because the other alternative only implies more suffering. Or the future will end showing without doubt that you will be left without your hands.

    * txakurrada – I don’t know what this Basque term means (presumably some part of the Spanish anti-terrorist forces.

    I might get round to translating Galliza later

  • Paul McMahon

    Well done Picador – a decent translation.

    txakurrada – txakurra [singular] txakurrak [plural] -Dog[s]

    txakurrada – collective noun

    Slang name used by Basques for auntonomous Basque police under control of Madrid. Used generally for Spanish security services.

  • Paul McMahon

    Slang name used by Basques for auntonomous Basque police* under control of Madrid

    *Hertzainza

  • RepublicanStones

    Gracias Picador porque me espanol es muy mala y su espanol es muy bueno. Tú es muy modesto amigo. Yo falta estudiar.

  • foreign correspondent

    When will ETA wise up and give up the violence though? If they had a permanent ceasefire which really was permanent it would be a little easier to sympathize with them.

  • Llamedos

    The problem is that terrorism is taking place and the Spanish goverment is behaving consistently as it always has with perceived enemies of the state. At least they have moved on from the inquisition. However this situation flags up the irrationality of trying to rule Europe with a small corrupt, power crazed oligarchy. All nations have their own national make ups,long established legal systems with which the majority of each truly democratic countries populace is comfortable. This obsession to standardise comes from nations that have initiated large swathes of genocide within the last one hundred years and peoples like The United Kingdom should not get involved. Yes Interpol OK, proper judicial means of extradition most certainly yes.
    However it is true to say that terrorists,who murder, bomb, maim and generally destabalise the majority should be dealt with effectively utilising all reasonable means available to each particular state to silence and neutralize them should the terrorists or miguidedly so called freedom fighters wage or start any campaign or guerilla activity against the said state.

  • Llamedos

    The problem is that terrorism is taking place and the Spanish goverment is behaving consistently as it always has with perceived enemies of the state. At least they have moved on from the inquisition. However this situation flags up the irrationality of trying to rule Europe with a small corrupt, power crazed oligarchy. All nations have their own national make ups,long established legal systems with which the majority of each truly democratic countries populace is comfortable. This obsession to standardise comes from nations that have initiated large swathes of genocide within the last one hundred years and peoples like The United Kingdom should not get involved. Yes Interpol OK, proper judicial means of extradition most certainly yes.
    However it is true to say that terrorists,who murder, bomb, maim and generally destabalise the majority should be dealt with effectively utilising all reasonable means available to each particular state to silence and neutralize them should the terrorists or miguidedly so called freedom fighters wage or start any campaign or guerilla activity against the said state.

  • Paul McMahon

    “The problem is that terrorism is taking place and the Spanish goverment is behaving consistently as it always has with perceived enemies of the state”

    Interesting that you use this phrase in the context of:

    “long established legal systems with which the majority of each truly democratic countries populace is comfortable”

    How comfortable are the ‘democratic’ POSE’s citizens with this?

    http://www.irishdemocrat.co.uk/news/2001/dirty-war/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grupos_Antiterroristas_de_Liberación

  • RepublicanStones

    The Spanish govt attempts to undermine and by extension their belief of the wider spanish populaces view of the Basque freedom movement was painfully evident from their pathetic attempt to blame the Madrid train bombings on ETA.

  • KieranJ

    Well, there you have it. Arrest Mr. Chaos( I love that name, by the way) and you’ve solved the terrorist problem in Spain.

    No more bombing in Espana for all times.

  • Dev

    Regarding the guy’s name, he was never going to be a postman with a surname like that now was he? I mean your career options are limited to stuntman, terrorist/freedom fighter or perhaps a Bond-esque super villain.

  • picador

    In the Basque Country it was the Guardia Civil and Socialist Government of Felipe Gonzalez that was responsible the Disappeared.

    Lasa and Zabala

  • picador

    Latest: Willie Frazer is going to protest outside the court and demand de Juana Chaos’s extradition!

  • jone

    If the Spaniards wanted to scoop yer man all they had to do was hang around Kelly’s Cellars.

  • picador

    Here is my translation of the other latter for which Iñaki de Juana Chaos was sentenced to 12 years in prison (reduced to 3 on appeal) for making terrorist threats. Having now translated both letters it is clear to me that this conviction is a total travesty of justice. As the prisoner himself wrote in El Escudo (above) the Spanish government made a political decision that he would not be released.

    Gallizo
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    On December 14th last, Sra Margarita Uria addressed herself to the Prime Minsister at the Commission of Inquiry into the 11th March Madrid train bombings, to ask him among other things, about specific prison issues. After ofpening with an embarrassing series of complements to Sra Mercedes Gallizo, the commissioner questioned Prime Minister Zapatero exclusively about the leak of a lettere and some images to the media.

    Sra Uria did not ask about torture and maltreatment nor death and illness among prisoners. She took no interest in prisoners held in insolation or incommunicado. Nor about the ‘accidents’ and she definitely didn’t about the policy of dispersion, perhaps because its main supporter is the political party to which the commissioner herself belongs. A PNV (Basque National Party) that legitimises repression and the cruellest penal policy (dispersion), not only supporting its theoretical justification and operation, but which also involved in the implementation of the policy through its consusltants in the General Management of the Prison Service

    It occurred to neither Sra Uria nor any of the other parlimentarians who brandish the issue of human rights like a battle flag to take an interest in the harrassment and sexual aggression experienced by some of the women arrested in the latest police raids. On this issue Sra Uria showed no interest – neither as a parlamentarian nor even as a woman. And she didn’t ask about it because she knows that to be arrested an ETA suspect during a security force operation and be subjected to the attendent media coverage means to forfeit all rights including that of not being tortured. She was talking the hypocritical talk of the property owning classes: whoever robs a thief gets a hundred years of forgiveness. The new mores of the citizenry say: to assault someone who attacks you is not double the violence but justice and silence. But we all know this, even Sra Uria, who was praising Sra Gallizo.

    And, with so much mutual praise coming from the great and the good (and not like me a left-wing Basque), I wondered whether I was wrong. ‘Be positive, Iñaki!’ I told myself. I imagined that the concrete walls were made of chocolate; that the steel was made from angel’s hair; that the three prisoners who’d died the night before in the prisons of Langraitz and Zuera were marzipan men. But it’s curious I couldn’t get myself to imagine Sra Galliza being anything other than she is – just like her predecessors.

    When the Socialists won the last general election certain expectations arose amongs those given to believe such things, whether though naivety or through necessity. Illusions that time showed to be false. The same thing happened with the naming of Sra Gallizo as Director General of the Prison Service. Although at the start the numerous dismissals at management level within the prisons might have been viewed as a prelude to more substantive change, the realisation that the new faces were just that reaffirmed in me the conviction that the only way to achieve justice in the prisons is to tear down their walls. That initial hope was Utopian because it seems much more realistic, without being a hypocrite, to expect that human rights will be locked away in place of violence and suffering.

    In Algeciras prison (where I was at the time) Sra Gallizo sacked the director Miguel Angel Rodríguez, alias The ‘Sword Swallower’, an educated professional who would react immediately on hearing the name of a Basque political prisoner. And with eloquence and reason he would give his rehearsed speech: “I put the legal rulings in favour of ETA prisoners in my ball-bag”. This old acquaintance of Basque political prisoners wasn’t sacked for accumulating mountains of accusations and irregularities; nor was he sacked for the little trifle of putting his hand in the safe at Puerto II Prison, a matter for which he was investigated. He was sacked for not belonging to the same political party as Sra. Gallizo. That’s how much progress we made!

  • picador

    Gallizo (cont’d)

    I switch on the TV. There’s a report on Huelva film festival. With the actor Imanol Arias, presenting him with an award, almost slobbering over him, I thought I recognised a face that brought back bad memories. He had pale skin and a very aged appearance though this won’t have been a result of his conscience disturbing him. It will have been his reward for handing out excessive punishment. I feel the stupid solace of seeing proof that, on this occasion, the torturer has a worse appearance than the tortured. That face has been fixed in our memory by the blows of ill-treatment and by hunger. It’s Francisco Sanz, Deputy Governor of Málaga Prison, Ex-Governor of Salto del Negro, of Puerto II and current Governor of Huelva Prison where he has arranged that some of the inmates award a cinematography prize at the festival. Because of this he is slobbering over Imanol Arias and the first thing that comes to my mind is whether the actor will have noticed the imprint of a truncheon and the wetness of blood when he shook his hand. At Huelva Prison it seems that they haven’t changed the Governor.

    The list of new appointments is long, 21 names and ten more that have changed position. Some surnames make me search my memory again. It was 1977, I believe, because the only archive I have, my brain, is not a hard disk. In any case it was one of years following the death of Franco when society was overflowing with illusion and the political parties were conspiring to take it away. I was walking through Madrid on the one of the many days when there were demonstrations demanding an amnesty and freedom. I left Gran Vía, climbed Calle de los Libreros to where the Hotel Darde used to stand and there I bumped into a group of youths like myself, who were running down the hill while shouting “They opened fire”. With more curiosity than caution I continued to the end of the street, turned right on Calle La Estrella and a few metres further on a young man lay on the ground, dead in a pool of blood. The place filled up with greyshirts and it seemed that those who’d fired were the Argentinians of the Triple A. What more of it! It’s one those acronyms that was hiding all those of the same persuasion and which reappear when it’s necessary.

    The dead youth was called Arturo Ruiz and he had a brother who became a leftist and ended up joining the PSOE (Socialists) and becoming a prison warder. A trusted prison official, so much so that at night he would lend office at Almería Prison so that secret meetings could take place between government envoys and representatives of an armed revolutionary organisation which is not ETA. These negociations never took place and if they did take place they would be denied. Arturo Ruiz died fighting for freedom and an amnesty and his brother makes a living from preventing these. And he makes a good living as the new governor of Sevilla II Prison.

    Jesús Elaiado del Rey Reguillo, alias El Tirillas, was named new governor of Valdemoro Prison. And the first thing that came into my head was the revolt in Module 1 at Hererro de la Mancha Prison in 1988 in which of just over 40 Basque political prisoners half ended up in the prison infirmary and five ended up in hospital with broken bones. A grotesque image, that of El Tirilla, hunting-knife in his hand, leading a group of well-fed jailers and Civil Guards on a tour of the galleries, going from cell to cell indicating those who should get a session with the batons, single or double.

    Manuel Martinez Cano, alias El Morritos, has been named the new governor of Jaén Prison. He’s the guy who provoked and kicked off the revolt just mentioned. The only pleasant memory he can have left with any prisoner is the sight of him completely terrified after being sprayed with white dust from a fire extinguisher during the revolt.

    Antonio Diego Martín, named governor of Puerto II Prison who was prosecuted for torture and unnecessary harshness at Sevilla II Prison. Tried along with the former Director of the Prison Service, Antonio Asunción, he was never suspended from his repressive work, carrying it on until now at Melilla Prison. The prisoners carrying grill marks after weeks in the cots. The torture sessions, nude and sprayed with water, the wailing and screaming never merited even one day’s suspension of his command. On the contrary, they earned him a promotion when Sra. Galliza arrived.

    Why continue with the list? I have convinced myself. The new prisons policy of the new government of Prime Minister Zapatero consists of bringing back or promoting personalities who elicit the saddest memories of prisoners in general and of Basque political prisoners in particular. Or keeping in their jobs those who already meet these prerequisites.

    My expectations have been fulfilled. Or probably, I am wrong and torturers are capable of fighting against torture. They do not lack in experience. And then even I might be capable of imagining Sra Galliza in a different way.