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Alleged Basque militant ordered deported from Canada

A man wanted by Spanish authorities in connection with a series of car bombings tied to the Basque separatist group ETA has been ordered deported from Canada.

Lawyer says he'll fight Spanish national's deportation

A man wanted by Spanish authorities in connection with a series of car bombings tied to the Basque separatist group ETA has been ordered deported from Canada.

Immigration and Refugee Board commissioner Louis Dubé said Tuesday there is sufficient evidence to show that Ivan Apaolaza Sancho, who has been living illegally in Canada since 2002, was a member of ETA.

 ETA is one of the dozens of organizations Canada has put on its list of entities associated with terrorism.

Sancho, 36, who has denied ever supporting ETA, showed little emotion when Dubé read out his decision.

The Spanish national has been held in a Montreal detention centre since the RCMP arrested him on an immigration warrant last June on a Quebec City ferry. On Tuesday, he was ordered to remain in detention for another 30 days.

His lawyer, William Sloan, says he will go to Federal Court to challenge the deportation ruling. He also intends to go to Quebec Superior Court to fight Sancho's detention.

Sancho appeared via video linkup from an immigration centre.

Dubé said in his decision he agrees with Sancho's lawyers that some evidence against him should be rejected.

That included testimony from Ana Belen Egues Gurruchaga, a Basque detainee in Spain, because it was likely obtained under torture.

Also disregarded was a European police document that named Sancho as an ETA member.

But Dubé said there was sufficient evidence in the form of sworn police affidavits and warrants for him to be deported.

Sloan argued that roughly the same information provided by Gurruchaga was used in the police warrants.

"When the police write information on a piece of paper, there is somehow a disconnect between that piece of paper and the same information obtained under torture by a detainee," Sloan said.

"It doesn't make a terrible amount of sense."

Sancho will also have to undergo a risk assessment before he is deported, Sloan said.

The lawyer said he expects the deportation order will take a few months to execute.

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