Juan Carlos Iglesias ‘Gadafi’ acquitted in application of ECtHR doctrine


The National Court considers his involvement in the murder of a former vigilante in 1991 unproven and points out that, as in the Atristain case, “the preliminary investigation contains insufficient information about the circumstances under which the summary statements were made”.

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The National Court has acquitted historic former ETA leader Juan Carlos Iglesias Chouzas, ‘Gadafi’, of the 1991 murder of a former vigilante in Bilbao following a recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ) which led to the release of the member of the armed organization Xabier Atristain.

The court is of the opinion that the participation of Iglesias Chouzas in this attack, committed on January 31, 1991, in which the former vigilante Francisco Díaz de Cerio was shot five times in the back, has not been proven, which is why the prosecutor asked in the trial that he is sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The Chamber takes into account the recent ECtHR ruling in which Xabier Atristain’s rights were violated by not allowing him to choose a lawyer when he was detained incommunicado in 2010, leading to his release on February 17.

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Source: EITB


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