Cambridge IT guy 'was the Spanish Guy Fawkes', say cops
Techie allegedly plotted to blow up king
A Cambridge IT worker known locally as "Cyril" was actually a wanted terrorist who plotted to kill the King of Spain, according to police.
Scotland Yard announced last week that Spanish national Eneko Gogeaskoetxea Arronategui, 44, had been arrested by armed cops in a "pro-active, intelligence-led operation" which saw the British plods act on a European Arrest Warrant at the request of Spanish authorities.
According to the warrant, Arronategui is wanted in Spain for "participation in an armed gang; attempted assassination of the King; terrorism resulting in death; possession of weapons; theft and forgery," with the offences dating from 1997.
Reportedly, Arronategui used the name Cyril Macq while living in Cambridge with his family and working in IT. He was secretary of his local squash club and was described by his neighbours as "a gentleman" and "a regular dad", according to the Telegraph.
Spanish police contend that the squash-playing, gentlemanly IT type was a prime mover in the 1997 plot by Basque separatist group Eta to kill King Juan Carlos of Spain by bombing the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao as he visited it for opening ceremonies. The plot was foiled, though a policeman was killed in a shootout with the bombers. ®
We are aware of the various dissimilarities between the Gunpowder Plot and the attempt against Juan Carlos: but by all means discuss them in the comments.
> seemed like a regular bloke
"When a felon's not engaged in his employment –
Or maturing his felonious little plans
His capacity for innocent enjoyment
Is just as great as any honest man's
"Our feelings we with difficulty smother
When constabulary duty's to be done
Ah, take one consideration with another
A policeman's lot is not a happy one. "
You expect a terrorist to be rational?
Its just like all the fanatics in Iraq. They state they want the US and the west out of Iraq, so rather then sitting quiet for 6 months and allowing peace to rein (which the US and the West would then happily bugger off from Iraq at the first sign of peace), they go around blowing up the new Iraqi military and killing civilians and forcing the West to stick around to try and fight them to bring about some peace...
Rationality has never been high on the list of people willing to kill (or die) for a cause...
Nobody expects the spanish inquisition...
Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency.... Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.... Our *four*...no... *Amongst* our weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear, surprise.... I'll come in again.