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Former ETA leader receives jail term for role in plot to assassinate King Juan Carlos

Posted On: 22 Oct 2021   |   Posted By: Royal Central

A former leader of the terrorist group, ETA, has been given a 15-year prison sentence for plotting to assassinate King Juan Carlos in the 1990s. Maria Soledad Iparraguirre Guenechea, also known as Anboto, is already serving a series of other jail terms.
The latest sentence is for her role in a plot to assassinate Juan Carlos I in October 1997 during a visit to Bilbao for the official opening of the Guggenheim Museum.
Juan Carlos was due to open the museum on October 18th 1997. Around 4 pm on the 13th of October, a van approached the site of the opening. At the time, Spain was in the midst of ETA's most brutal period. Two police officers approached the van after the occupants had unloaded a flower pot from it. Seeing the officers come, the driver and their accomplice fled while shooting. One of the two police officers later died from gunshot wounds.
An anti-terrorism task force investigated the van and found it had stolen number plates. Inside, they discovered more flower pots, all of which contained...

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