May 4, 2018 / 12:41 PM / 2 years ago

Spain says it will not change policy on ETA prisoners

Alfonso Sebastian raises his fist as he arrives to an Ongi Etorri (welcome) ceremony after a 20-year prison sentence for collaboration with armed Basque separatists ETA, in Guernica, Spain, April 28, 2018. Picture taken April 28, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent West

MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government will not change its policy towards imprisoned members of the Basque separatist militant group ETA, spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said on Friday, following the announcement of ETA’s dissolution this week.

“It’s clear that the government won’t modify its penitentiary policy,” de Vigo said when asked whether it was open to changing its stance.

Jailed ETA members, held in dozens of prisons throughout the country, and their supporters have lobbied for years to move them closer to their families in the Basque Country.

Basque Nationalist Party leader Inigo Urkullu said in an interview published on Thursday that the government was receptive to changing the policy after ETA was dissolved.

(This refiled version of the story fixes typo in last graph).

Reporting by Paul Day; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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