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How the seductress 'Tigresa' lost her lust for killing

Idoia Lopez Riano was notorious in Spain as ETA's femme fatale, but in prison has renounced violence.

She lured policemen into her bed, then calmly pumped bullets into their colleagues, quickly rising to the top of the most wanted list of ETA terrorists.

But the femme fatale known as La Tigresa -- The Tigress -- has gone from Basque separatist heroine to persona non grata.

After finally being captured and jailed, Lopez renounced violence and apologised for her crimes -- and as a result has been cast out by her former comrades.

Lopez (49) assassinated 23 people as one of the leading commandos in the violent campaign for Basque independence in the 1980s.

She was a lieutenant in the Madrid cell that in 1986 exploded a bomb that killed 12 Civil Guards, and another that killed five more later that year.


Lopez was also blamed for shooting policemen as well as four soldiers and making an attempt on the life of a high court judge.

She was captured in France and in 2003 sentenced to more than 1,500 years in prison for her crimes, even though under Spanish law the maximum sentence is set at 30 years.

However, despite her becoming one of Spain's most notorious terrorists, Lopez's name no longer appears on the roll call of ETA prisoners given to the group's supporters.

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Instead, she has become the latest prisoner to be expelled from ETA after condemning violence and apologising to the relatives of her victims.

Earlier this year she signed a statement rejecting ETA's strategy for violence and asked for forgiveness from the murdered men's families.

Inclusion on the list of more than 700 ETA prisoners entitles the families of the inmates to financial support and ensures special privileges between members inside prison. (© Daily Telegraph, London)