Basque Terrorist Granted Bail for Fertility Treatment

An ETA terrorist serving a 13-year jail term has been released for in vitro fertilization treatment, causing outrage among victims of the Basque separatist group.

Six months after Elena Beloki, 47, was sent to prison she was released so that she could begin the fertility treatment in June.

After her first attempt a judge ruled that she could remain on conditional bail until the in vitro fertilization course was completed. She was unable to have a baby through natural methods and sought to try IVF, which is being paid for by the Spanish State.

The judge's decision has angered members of the Association of Victims of Terrorism, who say there is a danger that she will return to ETA. The prosecutor in the case also opposed her bail and doctors said that she could have received the treatment behind bars.

After the ruling Teresa Jiménez-Becerril, the sister of the councilor Alberto Jiménez-Becerril, who was assassinated by ETA in 1998, said that the release of Beloki was “another slap in the face for the victims.”

Beloki was sentenced to 13 years in jail in December for being a spokeswoman for Xaki, the international arm of the banned Basque group. In June she was released after asking to have a course of IVF treatment, claiming that it was her last chance to become pregnant. Her boyfriend is Juan María Olano, a jailed leader of Euskal Herritarrok, a banned political party linked to ETA.

ETA has killed more than 850 people in its 40-year fight for an independent Basque homeland.

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