Chilean national Ramiro Silva Vial, who is accused in Spain of having taken part in the kidnapping by ETA of businessman Emiliano Revilla in 1988, gave himself up to the courts of his own free will yesterday. Silva, a former member of the Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR), reported to the police accompanied by his lawyer, Pablo Gatica, and was immediately handed over to Supreme Court judge Hernan Alvarez, who is in charge of the case.
In June the highest Chilean court agreed to process the application for the extradition of Silva, whom the Spanish courts accuse of belonging to a terrorist band, unlawful possession of weapons and explosives and having forged papers.
Ramiro Silva collaborated along with other members of the MIR - a group which engaged in armed resistance to the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet - in the kidnapping of Emiliano Revilla, who was held by ETA for eight months in 1988, Efe reports.
According to legal sources, the former member of MIR carried out guard duties during the kidnapping with other members of the Chilean group which collaborated with the Basque terrorist band.
Three other Chileans, Alexis Corbalan Munoz, Rene Valenzuela Bejas and Gonzalo Boye Tusset
, served prison sentences in Spain and are currently at liberty, but Silva escaped during the proceedings, when he was out on bail.