February 18, 1995 in Nation/World

Ex-Officials Linked To Death Squads

Compiled From Wire Services

Authorities jailed two former government officials Friday in an ongoing probe of anti-terrorist death squads that has triggered calls for Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez’s resignation.

One of those jailed was the Interior Ministry’s former secondin-command, Rafael Vera, the highest former official of Gonzalez’s government to be put behind bars in connection with the probe.

The death squads killed more than 20 people in southwestern France between 1983 and 1986 in a so-called “dirty war” against ETA, the Basque separatist organization that seeks independence for Spain’s northern Basque region.

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