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A poster with the face of Basque separatist militant Josu Ternera is attached to a wall in his home town of Ugao-Miraballes, Spain, Thursday, May 16, 2019. The most wanted member of the Basque separatist militant group ETA who had been on the run for 17 years was finally caught by police on Thursday May 16, 2019 in the French Alps. Jose Antonio Urruticoetxea Bengoetxea, known by the alias Josu Ternera, was a longtime chief of ETA and connected to some of its bloodiest episodes. The poster has a message written in the Basque language saying ‘No solution to the solution’ while calling for a protest gathering in the town this evening supporting him. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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People protest during a gathering in support of Basque separatist militant Josu Ternera in his home town of Ugao-Miraballes, Spain, Thursday, May 16, 2019. Spain says a longtime chief of the Basque militant separatist group ETA was arrested Thursday on the streets of a French Alps town after being on the run for 17 years. Jose Antonio Urruticoetxea Bengoetxea, known by the alias Josu Ternera, has been the most wanted ETA member since 2002. Banner written in the Basque language reads ‘Release Josu. Solutions. Solve this without attacking!’. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
PARIS – A longtime chief of the Basque militant separatist group ETA has been jailed in France, a day after his arrest in a French Alpine town ended 17 years on the run.
A French judicial official said Josu Ternera, the most wanted ETA member since 2002, was transferred to Paris, formally notified of the arrest warrant and ordered jailed. The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly.
Ternera was arrested Thursday in the town of Sallanches.
He was convicted in absentia in 2017 in France for involvement in a terrorist group and sentenced to eight years in prison. He has the right to request a new trial.
Spain says it will ask France to extradite Ternera to stand trial for alleged crimes against humanity and multiple killings before he completes a French sentence.