The European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg ruled on Monday that the application of the so-called Parot doctrine to Ines del Rio Prada,
a member of the Basque terrorist group ETA, had violated her rights, saying she should be freed immediately.
Del Rio was condemned to more than 3,000 years in jail 1989 for her part in the killing of 12 policemen in the Plaza de la Republica Dominicana in Madrid in 1986. She could have walked free in 2009 if the government had not introduced the Parot doctrine in 2006, which extended the minimum sentence to be served from 20 to 30 years.
The court also ruled that the Spanish government should pay €30,000 for “moral damages” and the cost of hearing her petition – €1,500.