MADRID, 17 May. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Former Prime Minister José María Aznar revealed this Wednesday that "a Batasuna councilor kept in the town hall warehouses" of Lizarza, in Guipúzcoa, the missile that was launched against his plane in one of the four attacks perpetrated against him when he was at the in front of the National Executive.
This has been transferred during a colloquium with the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, from the Emilia Pardo Bazán cultural center, in Colón. There he explained how "Sortu is the party that is legalized, the batasunas have always been present in the elections."
"I will know it, that of the four attempted attacks, one was on the point of being consummated, and another three were missile launches on the plane where I was going. The missiles were kept by a Batasuna councilor in the warehouses of the town hall of a town of Guipúzcoa where Regina Otaola (PP) was later mayor", she explained below.
For this reason, he has asked the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, "why, Mr. Head of Government, do you agree with them, why? Because if not, he is not President of the Government. Pedro Sánchez guaranteed that he will agree again with Bildu ".
The missile to which José María Aznar refers was hidden in a local of the Lizarza town hall by an ETA commando to which Pedro María Olano belonged, who was arrested in January 2010. A SAM-7 missile and a missile launcher would have been kept there bought by the terrorist group with the aim of assassinating Aznar in the 2001 Basque election campaign.
Pedro María Olano, who had already been sentenced for threatening to kill the mayor Regina Otaola, was initially arrested for a crime of collaboration with ETA, but confirmed in his statement before the Civil Guard what two ETA members had said in Gara, assuring that the terrorist group had tried to attack the former Spanish president up to three times.
He also indicated to the agents of the Armed Institute the location of the City Hall in Litzart and two zulos in nearby mountains, as the places where he kept explosives from the armed band.
The now minister and then judge Marlaska sent Pedro Olano to prison at that time for integration into ETA, deposit of weapons of war and explosives and for attempting against the then head of the Executive, after verifying that the ETA member had delivered on three occasions a missile launcher for ETA commandos. However, on all three occasions this device was returned because it had not worked.
According to Judge Marlaska's order, the first transfer took place coinciding with Aznar's visit to the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao where he participated on April 29, 2001 in the beginning of the campaign. The second time, the material was delivered in Oiartzun (Guipoúzcoa) to take advantage of the presence of the former president at an event at the Kursaal in San Sebastián on May 4 and the last delivery was in Burgueta (Álava), on the occasion of the closing of the campaign for attended by Aznar at the Sansomendi sports center in Vitoria on May 11.
Two of the assassination attempts against the current president of the FAES Foundation occurred at the Fuenterrabia (Guipúzcoa) and Foronda (Alava) airports, as reported at the time by Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba to José María Aznar in a telephone call after the arrest of Pedro Maria Olano.