The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered Spain to pay two convicted ETA terrorists, Martin Sarasola Yarzábal e Igor Portu Juanenea, €20,000 and €30,000 respectively for "inhuman and degrading treatment" following their arrest by the Civil Guard in 2008.

The court specifically rejected the description of the actions as "torture", a spokeswoman for the ECHR confirmed to The Spain Report.

Sarasola and Portu were arrested by Civil Guard officers in January 2008 in Mondragón (The Basque Country) in connection with the bombing in December 2006 of Terminal 4 of Madrid Barajas airport, and alleged they had been beaten in separate vehicles on the way to the police station.

The court concluded there had been a violation of Article 3 of the European Human Rights Act, which st...

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