By Tara Rippin • 15 October 2018 • 14:15
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FIVE Spaniards and one Turkish man appeared in the National Court of Madrid today (Monday) accused of collaborating with Kurdish guerrillas in Syria.
The prosecutor’s office requested that four of the alleged members of the Communist Resistance be given between two and eight years in prison for crimes of conspiracy and possession of prohibited weapons and explosives.
The fifth accused, Nizamettin Gul of Turkey, faces a possible three year jail term for the ‘glorification of the terrorist organisation Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
It has been reported Spaniards Roberto Garcia Vaquero, Carlos Javier del Val, Adrian Delgado Gonzalez, Alvaro Fernandez Ruiz and Pablo Diaz Ocampo, were members of the Leninist Marxist Reconstruction Communist Party, founded in 2009.
According to Spanish press reports, the prosecutor’s office argued Vaquero exercised the role of leader, and designed action plans, set objectives and imposed the party’s criteria on the rest of the members.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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