CAT/C/34/D/212/2002
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Annex
DECISION OF THE COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE UNDER
ARTICLE 22 OF THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE AND
OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT
OR PUNISHMENT
Thirty-fourth session
concerning
Communication No. 212/2002
Submitted by:

Mr. Kepa Urra Guridi (represented by counsel, Mr. Didier Rouget)

Alleged victim:

The complainant

State party:

Spain

Date of complaint:

8 February 2002

The Committee against Torture, established under article 17 of the Convention against
Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,
Meeting on 17 May 2005,
Having concluded its consideration of communication No. 212/2002, submitted to the
Committee against Torture by Mr. Kepa Urra Guridi under article 22 of the Convention against
Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,
Having taken into account all information made available to it by the complainant, his
counsel and the State party,
Adopts the following:
Decision under article 22, paragraph 7, of the Convention
1.
The author of the complaint, submitted on 8 February 2002, is Kepa Urra Guridi, a
Spanish national born in 1956. He alleges that he is a victim of a violation by Spain of
articles 2, 4 and 14 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading
Treatment or Punishment. The complainant is represented by counsel, Mr. Didier Rouget.
The facts as submitted
2.1
On 22 January 1992, the Spanish Civil Guard launched a police operation in
Vizcaya province to dismantle the so-called “Bizkaia combat unit” of the organization
Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA). In all, 43 people were arrested between then and 2 April 1992;
many of them have reportedly been tortured and held incommunicado. The complainant was
arrested on 22 January 1992 by Civil Guard officers as part of these operations.

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