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Madrid Going to Continue Probe Into ETA Crimes Despite Group's Dissolution

© REUTERS / Vincent WestA municipal worker paints over graffiti reading "ETA, The People Are With You" in the Basque town of Guernica, Spain.
A municipal worker paints over graffiti reading ETA, The People Are With You in the Basque town of Guernica, Spain. - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The investigation into crimes committed by Basque separatist group ETA will continue despite the organization’s dissolution, with the Interior Ministry set to convene an extraordinary meeting on the issue in the coming days, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said.

"The ETA admitted that the history of its activities was a failure. It has gained nothing from either the murders or the end of those deeds, and it will get nothing in view of its self-dissolution. ETA crimes will be investigated and continue to be subject to prosecution. No, there will be no impunity whatsoever," Rajoy said at a press conference, as quoted by El Pais newspaper.

A municipal worker paints over graffiti reading ETA, The People Are With You in the Basque town of Guernica, Spain. - Sputnik International
Basque Separatist Group ETA to Announce Dissolution in May – Reports
Interior Minister Juan Zoido will convene an extraordinary meeting of the so-called Anti-Terrorist Pact in the coming days to analyze the situation, according to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

The prime minister recalled that as many as 853 people had fallen victim to the ETA over 50 years.

On May 2, the group announced its full dissolution and end of all activities.

READ MORE: ETA Militants Remain Responsible for Crimes Despite Dissolution — Spanish PM

Consuelo Ordonez (3rdR), sister of Spanish Popular Party (PP) councilor Gregorio Ordonez killed by ETA, Maite Pagazaurtundua (C), sister of assassinated Joseba Pagazaurtundua, South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF) director Kenny Donaldson (L) hold placards during a press conference by the Association of the Victims of Terrorism of Basque Country (Covite) in the Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian on May 2, 2018. ETA is expected to announce its dissolution this weekend in a historic declaration - Sputnik International
Basque ETA Guerrilla Group 'Completely Dissolved' - Reports
The ETA was a separatist organization founded in 1959 in Spain's Basque Country and has been pursuing a violent decades-long campaign to establish an independent state in northern Spain and southwestern France. The group was severely weakened after police arrested the majority of its members, including its leaders, and seized its weapons. Other members had to undergo social reintegration programs or leave Spain.

In 2011, the group announced a unilateral ceasefire that ended its armed activities. In 2017, the group gave up all its weapons and explosives, after which the Spanish government demanded the dissolution of the organization.

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