The judge of the National Court Santiago Pedraz has issued an order for the arrest and imprisonment of ETA leaders Javier García Gaztelu, ‘Txapote’, Ainhoa Múgica, Juan Antonio Olarra Guridi and Juan Luis Rubench for their alleged involvement in the murder of the magistrate José Francisco Querol Lombardero.
The judge orders that “the appropriate European Arrest Warrants against those investigated.” In the attack, perpetrated by the Madrid command In October 2000, his bodyguard and driver were also murdered with a car bomb. According to the court order, Txapote, Ainhoa Múgica and Olarra Guridi are charged with the crimes of promoting or directing an armed band or terrorist organization and necessary collaborators in a crime of terrorist murder.
This is one of the cases opened in the National Court in which the authorship of the heads of AND in terrorist attacks. At the judicial headquarters, more than twenty leaders of the terrorist organization are being investigated at different stages.
As detailed by the judge in his writing, which is in the possession of EL MUNDO, on October 30, 2000, the driver, Armando Medina Sánchezalong with the escort Jesus Escudero Garciathey picked up Supreme Court Magistrate Querol Lombardero at his home on Badajoz Avenue in Madrid.
As they turned the first street a car bomb exploded. The official vehicle “received the entire explosion and hit a bus that was traveling alongside it at that time.” Upon impact, the official vehicle jumped over the bus, whose driver, Jesus Sanchez Martinez, died. Also the three occupants of the official car: Magistrate Querol, his driver and his escort.