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British arrest suspect over Spanish king ‘murder bid’

Armed officers arrested a suspected Basque separatist in Britain on Thursday in connection with an attempt to assassinate Spain’s King Juan Carlos in 1997, police said. Eneko Gogeaskoetxea Arronategui, 44, was detained by armed police in the university city of Cambridge, eastern England, and was to appear the same day at City of Westminster Magistrates Court in central London.
He is “wanted by Spanish authorities in connection with the attempted assassination of the king of Spain, terrorism and other serious offences,” Scotland Yard said in a statement.
Arronategui was apprehended on a European arrest warrant, which states he is wanted for “participation in an armed gang; attempted assassination of the king; terrorism resulting in death; possession of weapons; theft and forgery”. The offences were alleged to have taken place on October 18, 1997.
Searches were under way at a residential address and two business addresses in Cambridge.
In Madrid, Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said despite the arrest there was no evidence of an ETA network in Britain. There was no evidence pointing to such an ETA structure in Britain, Rubalcaba added.



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