Basque terrorists sentenced to 843 years

May 20, 2012 at 6:52 PM

SANTA POLA, Spain, May 20 (UPI) -- A Spanish court sentenced two members of the Basque separatist group known as ETA to 843 years in prison each for a 2002 terrorist attack.

Oscar Zelarain and Antoni Otegi were convicted of planting a bomb in the Guardia Civil station in Santa Pola Aug. 4, 2002. The attack killed a 6-year-old girl and an elderly man.

Zelarain and Otegi were convicted of two counts of murder and 51 counts of attempted murder -- for each person living on the block when the bomb went off -- along with several other charges, thinkSPAIN reported.

In addition to the 843 years in prison, the two were ordered to pay $269,707 to the parents of the girl, and $96,206 to the family of the elderly man. They are also to pay more than 9 million euros to the state and to the government-run Insurance Compensation Consortium, which insures citizens against terrorist attacks, and will cover the property damage done by the blast.

The bomb went off in a residential area of Guardia Civil station, where police officers lived with their families.

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