Former anti-terrorist command condemned for “dirty war” dies of covid

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Madrid, Feb 13 (EFE) .- The former general of the Civil Guard (Spanish militarized police) Enrique Rodríguez Galindo, with a long history in the fight against the terrorist group ETA and condemned for his involvement in the so-called “dirty war”, has died of coronavirus, according to what sources in his environment informed Efe today in said armed institute
Rodríguez Galindo had to be admitted to intensive care as his condition worsened after catching the coronavirus a few weeks ago, as did his wife.
The 82-year-old former general achieved notoriety when in 1980, with the job of commander, he took charge of the Civil Guard Command, based in the Intxaurrondo barracks (San Sebastián, northern Spain), at the time that ETA was committing more attacks against politicians, civilians and personnel of the Spanish armed and security forces.
During the fifteen years he spent at the head of this Command, some 90 ETA commandos were dismantled and more than 800 terrorists were arrested, which earned him a prestigious reputation as an expert in the fight against terrorism and the promotion to general of the Civil Guard in 1995.
In 2000, the then General Rodriguez Galindo was sentenced by the National Court of Madrid to 71 years in prison for his direct involvement in the kidnapping, torture and murder of the alleged ETA members José Antonio Lasa and José Ignacio Zabala, committed in October of 1983 by civil guards from Intxaurrondo under his command.
The so-called “Lasa and Zabala case” is the first episode of the so-called “dirty war” against terrorism in which public officials of the Spanish security forces and bodies secretly concealed under the acronym of the so-called Liberation Antiterrorist Groups ( GAL).
In 2001, the Supreme Court of Spain increased Rodríguez Galindo’s prison sentence by four years and on April 2, 2002, he officially lost his status as a member of the Civil Guard.
In September 2004, and after being denied the concession of the third degree several times, the Spanish authorities allowed him to serve a sentence outside of prison given the serious cardiovascular disease that he suffered and his advanced age. At the beginning of 2005 the third degree was definitively granted.

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