Galician terrorist foiled in attempt to flee to Venezuela

A Galician terrorist, condemned to 11 years in jail by a Spanish court, was arrested as he boarded a flight to Venezuela yesterday (Wednesday) using false papers.

Héctor José Naya Gil was sentenced last December for his part in the bombing by the Galician Resistance of telecommunications masts in Vigo.

According to Jornal de Notícias, he ended up serving only three months behind bars – and was then released on €6,000 bail, prohibited from leaving Spain.

Known as “Koala” (with no explanation as to why), the 33-year-old was identified by Spanish authorities as “living in the Greater Porto area” in February.

Since that time, PJ police have been watching his movements.

Gil was finally picked up as he tried to check-in for the flight to Venezuela on a fake passport. A search of his bags is understood to have revealed “books on weapons and military forces”.

Gil is now in police custody – charged with the falsification of documents – pending extradition proceedings which should see him returned to serve jail-time in Spain.

JN reports that the attacks in Vigo – which saw two other terrorists condemned for shorter prison terms – caused €11,000 in damages.

The Galician Resistance is reported to be the only terrorist movement currently active in Spain.

Referring to yesterday’s arrest, Spanish interior minister Jorge Fernández Días told journalists that thanks to “increasingly more intense collaboration between Spain and Portugal’s police forces” the movement is “much more controlled and close to being eradicated once and for all”.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com