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We heard…that Venezuela Denies ETA Member Presence


Hugo Chavez

Caracas, Mar 12 The Venezuelan Government ruled out on Friday the entry of a member of the Basque ETA organization, as suspected by Spanish authorities, says a cable from cuban Prensa Latina.

  Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro informed that after receiving information from the Spanish Embassy, an operation was carried out on Thursday, including a thorough inspection of the flight on which that person was suposed to arrive.

Maduro explained that after the detention in Portugal of a Basque citizen wanted for its ETA membership, as he tried to take a plane bound for Venezuela, there was suspicion that another ETA member was on board.

He said that, based on information gathered, President Hugo Chavez ordered a thorough search of the plane and that person was not found.