A little context: On May 9, 1978, Catalan businessman José María Butló (born 1900) was kidnapped by members of the Exèrcit Popular Català (Catalan Popular Army,) and the terrorists attached a bomb to his chest. They told him that if he did not pay 500 million pesetas they would detonate the bomb. Also, if he tried to remove the bomb, it would explode. Details are sketchy, but we know he refused to pay and, later, when he was at his home, the bomb exploded. He died.
If I’m not mistaken, eight people were convicted for the crime, some as perpetrators, others as accomplices. One of these people, Carles Sastre, was sentenced to 30 years for that crime, for his involvement with Terra Lliure, and for illegal possession of weapons, although eventually he only had to serve 11 years.
Now, yesterday, he was interviewed on a TV3 (Catalonia’s public television) news program called Més324. The reason? He -along 23 other “historic militants of Catalan nationalism”- had signed a political manifesto about the current political stalemate. However, the host did not bother to mention that little thing about his past, just that he was arrested and imprisoned “in relation to the death of Bultó.” Almost as if he had had a heart attack or something. The host also said about Sastre: “Released in 1996, Carles Sastre has been the longest-serving Terra Lliure’s political prisoner.” The host also showed his astonishment about “how many years you have served in prison.”