Terrorism accusation in Basque bar brawl reopens old wounds

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An investigation has opened across the beating of two police officers and their wives in northern Spain two years past, an incident surrounded by controversy on account of the terrorism charges brought against the eight defendants.

Prosecutors say the fight at a bar in Alsasua in October 2016 judged as part of the Basque separatist effort to oust Spanish security forces and should be treated because threats and terror injuries.

Defense attorneys and supporters say that the costs are for that which they see as a bar brawl disproportionate.

They also complain all of the defendants have been kept in pretrial custody for almost 18 months and deny that the prosecutors’ petition for prison sentences involving 1-2 and 62 years.

Tens of hundreds of people protested across the weekend in the southern city of Pamplona behind a banner with the motto “Justice. It’s not terrorism.”