ETA suspect refused bail

The BBC reports today’s court appearance of suspected ETA terrorist Fermin Vila Michelena, who was arrested in Belfast on Thursday.  According to his barrister, Michelena has been living in Belfast under an assumed name since 2007.  From the BBC report

The barrister accepted his client, who lived alone at a flat in north Belfast, was using an assumed name.

But he claimed this was to avoid detection from the Spanish authorities and persecution for his beliefs.

“He has long admired the ongoing political process here and he considered that this would be a safe place for him to settle and reside and live something of a normal life,” he told the court.

“The requested person considers himself to be a political refugee.”

Stephen Ritchie, for the Kingdom of Spain, disclosed that Vila Michelena had been using a Spanish identification card issued in another name.

“What we haven’t heard is why he lives under a false name,” Mr Ritchie argued.

“There are a number of other documents. There is a medical card, there is a salary slip, a national insurance card all in this name.”

He added: “The significance we say of this man living under a false identification is quite obviously he has access to high quality counterfeiting. The card is of very high quality.”

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  • I wonder what organisation, close to ETA, would have “access to high quality counterfeiting”.

  • Cynic

    I wonder too would ETA have any contacts to very competent forgers of Euro notes who might help out in a business venture?

  • AlanMaskey

    The post fascist (sic) Spanish authorities have proven record of using death squads against Basque nationalists. If previous posters are suggesting the Provos are helping out, they should remember the Provos are servants of HRHQE11 and, as such, are anti progressive. Mind you, North Belfast does not seem a good hide out location. Too many eyes and ears.

  • Dixie3057

    AlanMaskey, as the legitimate authorities in Spain, and i quote “He was then detained again on Saturday under a European arrest warrant issued over his alleged involvement in murder and possession of explosives.” If my memory is correct I think it was for killing a General in Madrid; they have every right to seek his extradition back to Spain. and like the two other previous posts, I must admit what would bring a suspected ETA terrorist to this country? because he admires the political progress and structures in Northern Ireland? I think not; I suspect the assistance he received from this part of the world regarding the “high quality counterfeiting,” had a major part to play in him residing in Northern Ireland. As such It wouldn’t take much scratching of the head to work out who could be helping the suspected ETA terrorist Fermin Vila Michelena here??