The European Court of Human Rights has condemned Spain to compensate Iñigo González with 20,000 euros for not adequately investigating the torture that he claimed to have suffered after being detained by the Civil Guard. Now, the State has to pay the amount for moral damages within a period of three months.
Spain must compensate ETA members of T4 for police ill-treatment
Patxi Arratibel, Iñigo González, Iker Moreno, Gorka Zabala, Xabier Beortegi and Gorka Mayo were arrested in 2011 in Navarra, in a joint operation carried out by the Civil Guard and the National Police. During the appearance before Judge Fernando Grande-Marlaska – now Minister of the Interior – all except for Maya denounced having suffered torture during the time they had been held incommunicado. According to ‘Gara’ at that time, González stated that he had been the victim of “blows all over the body, simulated rape and applying electrodes”, as well as threats related to the family and practices such as “the bag”. The compensation to González is added to that of Arratibel and Beortegi, also imposed by Strasbourg.
The judgment of the Strasbourg Court considers, unanimously, that article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights was violated, which prohibits torture and literally dictates that “no one may be subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” In the judgment, in addition, the court understands the difficulty of “gathering evidence of the ill-treatment suffered while the detainee was held incommunicado.” “It is impossible for him to gather evidence to prove the veracity of his allegations,” he says.
González, Arratibel, Beortegi, and Zabala were sentenced to prison terms by Grande-Marlaska, who considered it proven that these Ekin members had acted under ETA’s orders. Strasbourg has condemned Spain on more occasions for not investigating torture of detainees who were in the custody of Grande-Marlaska, then a judge: to these, there are also the cases of Beatriz Etxebarria – whose trial was ordered to repeat not taking into account the torture denounced – in 2014 and Igor Portu and Mattin Sarasola in 2018, the latter perpetrators of the attacks on T4 at Barajas airport.