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Five Basque priests jailed

By a Special Correspondent SPANISH ARMY authorities in Burgos announced last week that a total of 34 years' imprisonment had been imposed on five Basque priests who staged a hunger strike in the Bilbao diocese in protest against Government repression. They were convicted at a summary court-martial of "military rebellion and illegal propaganda." Frs. Jesus Naveran and Alberto Gabigeagoaeacoa were each sentenced to 12 years; Frs. Julian Calzada, Nicolas Telleria and Joaquin Amuriza to 10 years. The court said no appeals would be allowed. When they began their 81hour hunger strike on May 30 the priests said they had sent messages to the U.N. Human Rights Committee, the International Red Cross,the Spanish Minister of Justice and the Apostolic Administrator of the Bilbao diocese.

These contended that the Franco regime was following a policy of repression against demands for independence in the Basque provinces. They asked for an investigation into "persistent police brutality."




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