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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spain Indictment Near

MADRID () -- Prosecutors asked Thursday for ex-interior minister Jose Barrionuevo, a close associate of Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, to be held or put on bail while the Supreme Court probes a 1980s "dirty war" against ETA rebels. State radio said the Supreme Court justice in charge of the case was likely to set bail and then indict Barrionuevo in the next few days, making a nightmare come true for Gonzalez seven weeks before an election he is already expected to lose.

State prosecutors on Thursday threw their weight behind a request for Barrionuevo's pre-emptive imprisonment already lodged by lawyers for victims of the campaign of bombings, kidnappings and murders which claimed 27 lives in 1983-87.