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French police arrest ETA terror suspect

Police arrested a suspected member of the armed group ETA in the southwestern French city of Hendaye, near to the Spanish border on Monday, Spain's interior ministry said.

Spanish-born Inaki Imaz Munduate, 33, was wanted by Spain's judiciary for his "involvement in terrorist acts" and a European warrant was issued for his

arrest after he went on the run in 2007.

Munduate lived in Ireland "until a few months ago, hiding and with fake identity papers" provided by ETA, said the ministry.

"His presence in the country was in line with the terrorist group ETA's strategy to move parts of its organisation away so as to avoid the police in
France."

A total of 18 people suspected of having links to ETA have been arrested this year, 12 of them in France.

According to the Spanish ministry, Munduate belonged to ETA's political wing, and was regularly in contact with both the organisation's management and
ETA members in the south of France to whom he gave "sporadic aid and technical advice".

Suspected of being a former member of ETA's commando unit Donosti, he is also accused of allowing the group to use his apartment in the northern
Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian to store weapons and munition, and of preparing reports detailing possible future attacks.

On June 29, police in London arrested another ETA suspect, Ignacio Lerin Sanchez, who Spain says is a "commando colleague" of Munduate.

ETA, listed by the European Union and the United States as a terrorist group, vowed in July to stick by a decision taken last October to abandon
violence in its fight for an independent homeland in northern Spain and southwestern France.

It refused however to disband.

Spain and France have refused to enter negotiations with ETA, demanding the group disarm and disband after four decades of bombings and shootings blamed
for more than 800 deaths.

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CRIME

Surgeon fined for trying to sell Paris terror attack victim’s x-ray

A Paris court on Wednesday convicted a surgeon for trying to sell an X-Ray image of a wounded arm of a woman who survived the 2015 terror attacks in the French capital.

Surgeon fined for trying to sell Paris terror attack victim's x-ray

Found guilty of violating medical secrecy, renowned orthopaedic surgeon Emmanuel Masmejean must pay the victim €5,000 or face two months in jail, judges ordered.

Masmejean, who works at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in western Paris, posted the image of a young woman’s forearm penetrated by a Kalashnikov bullet on marketplace Opensea in late 2021.

The site allows its roughly 20 million users to trade non-fungible tokens (NFTs) – certificates of ownership of an artwork that are stored on a “blockchain” similar to the technology used to secure cryptocurrencies.

In the file’s description, the surgeon wrote that the young woman he had operated on had “lost her boyfriend in the attack” on the Bataclan concert hall, the focus of the November 2015 gun and bomb assault in which jihadists killed 130 people.

The X-Ray image never sold for the asking price of $2,776, and was removed from Opensea after being revealed by investigative website Mediapart in January.

Masmejean claimed at a September court hearing that he had been carrying out an “experiment” by putting a “striking and historic medical image” online – while acknowledging that it had been “idiocy, a mistake, a blunder”.

The court did not find him guilty of two further charges of abuse of personal data and illegally revealing harmful personal information.

Nor was he barred from practicing as prosecutors had urged, with the lead judge saying it would be “disproportionate and inappropriate” to inflict such a “social death” on the doctor.

The victim’s lawyer Elodie Abraham complained of a “politically correct” judgement.

“It doesn’t bother anyone that there’s been such a flagrant breach of medical secrecy. It’s not a good message for doctors,” Abraham said.

Neither Masmejean, who has been suspended from his hospital job, nor the victim were present for Wednesday’s ruling.

The surgeon may yet face professional consequences after appearing before the French medical association in September, his lawyer Ivan Terel said.

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