- Oct 3, 2010
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- Nelson, New Zealand
- Political Leaning
Link: Chavez denies link to Basque militants | Stuff.co.nz
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dismissed a claim that Basque militants received weapons training in his country, calling it a farce aimed at discrediting his government.
Chavez reacted on Monday night in a telephone call to state television after a Spanish judge said two suspected members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA arrested in Spain last week had taken part in a weapons training course in Venezuela in 2008.
"It's a broken record," Chavez said, recalling past accusations of foreign militants finding refuge in Venezuela. "Now this other farce comes along. ... There's a permanent international conspiracy."
Chavez read aloud a statement from his foreign ministry denying any claims "that aim to link (the government) with the terrorist organisation ETA."
The government statement said the testimony of "two bloodthirsty criminals" lacks credibility and suggested that they are making "absurd" claims to try to lessen the severity of their eventual sentences.