New hearing for 'Eta fugitive' Benat Atorrasagasti Ordonez

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Benat Atorrasagasti Ordonez is believed to have gone on the run in 2001

Lawyers acting for a man who is wanted in France and Spain on terrorism charges have agreed a new date to continue his extradition hearing.

Benat Atorrasagasti Ordonez, 36, was arrested in Edinburgh in July. He is accused of being a member of the Basque separatist group Eta.

It is believed he fled to Scotland more than 10 years ago.

His extradition warrant to France, where he has already been convicted in his absence, will be considered first.

The French authorities want him returned to the country so he can serve five years in a prison there.

He is also wanted in Spain over his alleged role in helping two men who killed Spanish politician Miguel Angel Blanco to flee to France in 1997.

The Spanish civil guard also suspect Mr Ordonez of helping at least 10 Eta gunmen cross the border from Spain to France.

A preliminary hearing will take place at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on 5 November. He is then due to appear in court on 3 December for the extradition hearing.

The 36-year-old denies the allegations.

Update 3 December 2012: This story was originally published on 8 October but was inadvertently updated with a later datestamp.

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