|Press release Free JuanRa
Amsterdam, February 6th 2002
No new facts in extradition request
Dutch justice department may cooperate in extradition based on a statement gotten
Today the extradition request came in against Juan Ramon Rodriguez Fernandez,
the activist and singer from Barcelona that was arrested in Amsterdam on January
16th. This request, signed by the spanish judge Garzon, is almost exactly the
same as the arrest warrant of two weeks ago. But there is one important distinction:
suddenly, without stating any new facts, the charges have been changed from
'collaboration' unto "belonging to the ETA organisation and conspiracy
to commit murder".
In only two weeks, without changing a letter to the previous text, the charges
thus can be raised dramatically. This miraculous inflation appears to follow
the logic "if we make the charges heavy enough, they are bound to be taken
These accusations are totally absurd, and are in no way whatsoever supported
by the 'evidence' presented. This so-called 'evidence' is a collection of unfounded
rumours, hear-say and the result of a statement gotten under torture. This statement
has long since been withdrawn by the person who gave it.
The literal text of these 'facts' is as follows:
"Juan Ramon Rodriguez Fernandez" was part of a self-named "commando
Gorbea" of the terrorist organisation ETA. This commando committed crimes
against the lives, integrity and property of persons in the provinces of Barcelona
and Gerona between may and july of 2001. Within this organisation he, through
another member, delivered information about targets of the terrorist organisation.
In concreto, he supplied information about the founder of the organisation CEDADE,
to commit an attack on his life.
The information supplied and checked by Juan Ramon Rodriguez Fernandez were
found in written form in a house that was used by the released members of the
commando on the street Calle Villaroel in Barcelona. Besides that, he worked
as a contact person for the leadership of the terrorist organisation ETA outside
These so-called 'facts' are then nowhere backed up by any evidence at all.
The only thing that is stated, is that the accusation concerning CEDADE is based
on the statement of Garcia Jodra, who is in prison in Spain. (The same statement
by Jodra, incidentally, says that JuanRa refused to be a contact person for
ETA. This is mentioned in the file, but is apparently not as relevant to Spain
as the other parts of this statement).
Garcia Jodra made this statement during the infamous first 5 days of arrest,
in which people are kept in total isolation in Spain. According to him, and
his doctor, he was tortured during this period. Dozens of cases like these are
uncovered in Spain each year. He has since refuted his statement before a court.
Apart from that, it still remains a mystery why JuanRa would have to pass on
the address of the chairman of CEDADE. This man is well-known as the leader
of this neo-nazist group, he runs a bookshop where "Mein Kampf is sold",
and his address can be found on many anti-fascist websites, not to mention the
All this is nothing new for Spain. A great many organisations, newspapers and
radio stations have been forbidden by decrete in the last four years, without
one of these cases ever even reaching a court.
What is new, however, is that the Netherlands may well be cooperating in an
extradition on extremely shady grounds. An extradition based on torture, and
to a country that regularly violates democratic civil rights.
Of course, we will resist this. JuanRa is being prosecuted on the basis of
what he is: a catalan activist, active in the fields of squatting, antifascism,
antiglobalisation and against the repression of the spanish state against leftwing
The Netherlands must not cooperate with this political extradition!!!
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