American, Dane convicted in France for helping ETA

PARIS (AP) -- A Paris court has convicted an American man and his Danish companion for having sheltered two members of the outlawed Basque militant group ETA.

The American, Kent Carter, and Michala Markus of Denmark were given two-year suspended prison sentences Tuesday on charges of complicity with criminals in a terror group.

The couple hosted Felix Alberto Lopez de la Calle -- who took over ETA's leadership in 1992 and later ran its logistics operations -- and his alleged accomplice, Maria Mercedes Chivite Berango.

Lopez's arrest in 2004 in southwest France after four years on the run was seen as a major blow to ETA. The group has killed some 800 people since the late 1960s in its battle to create a Basque homeland in northern Spain and southwest France.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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