deputy commissioner Jose Amedo He was a prisoner highly appreciated by ETA for decades, which had put a price on his head. The terrorist group knew of his activity as an expert in Pure Information from his beginnings in Bilbao. He was the head of that unit in the Superior Headquarters of the Basque Country and had a network of collaborators and infiltrators in the armed organization. The one who was later the Interior liaison with the GAL mercenary commandos suffered harassment from ETA to collect the piece. He managed to escape unscathed from seven attacks that were foiled.
1.- 1973. The first time ETA wanted to kill Amedo, the policeman was only 27 years old. The executing terrorist was Zabarte Arregui. The ETA member received orders from Pérez Beotegui Wilson, who at that time was the head of the Berezis commandos of the gang, while in Madrid together with Argala and Ezkerra he was preparing the assassination of President Carrero Blanco. The young policeman was saved from being shot by the man known as the Butcher of Mondragón thanks to the intervention of a camouflaged vehicle of the Political-Social Police that stopped him. Zabarte fled, opening fire with his gun. When he was later detained, he had in his possession a document with Amedo’s personal data: address, the license plate number of his car and the places he used to frequent.
Before the police, Zabarte Arregui declared that Deputy Commissioner Amedo was one of the reasons for his trip to Bilbao. He confessed that he had received the order from the management to assassinate him.
Amedo was already known at that time in Bilbao, where he had arrived when he was only 4 years old. There he studied Baccalaureate at Lasalle de Deusto, where he also passed the PREU. He enrolled for two years in Perito Industrial but, since he was an arts major, he had difficulty gaining control of science subjects.
Finally, he chose to join the Police, somehow influenced by his father who was an inspector, although his real occupation was that of an Olympic pistol shooter. His first participation in an Olympic Games was in Mexico-68. Later he did not miss any Olympic event, becoming tenth in the ranking of his specialty and several times champion of Spain. In Barcelona 92 he was technical director of the national team. When they introduced him to Juan Carlos I, the then King told him: “I am aware of what happened to your son”, referring to his arrest for the GAL case. He confessed to her that he would fix his legal situation. Amedo had already been tried by the National High Court and sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for the attacks on the Batxoki and Consolation bars.
At the age of 20, Amedo prepared himself for the opposition to join the Police Corps. The first year he failed, but passed the second. At that time he lived in a pension of General Pardiñas in Madrid that his father looked for him. The Police School was located on Calle Miguel Ángel, where the General Directorate of the Police is now located.
Amedo asked for Bilbao as his destination, a place that most of his colleagues avoided. His first steps as a police agent coincided with the murders at the hands of ETA of José Pardines and Melitón Manzanas.
2.- 1981. The second attempt to end his life occurred in 1981 by Lete Etxaniz, the head of the Vizcaya commando. Etxaniz and two other ETA members hung around Bilbao’s Buchanan’s pub, where Amedo used to stop. One day, at around 11 pm, he was going out with a colleague from the Consulate cinema, near the bar, when they came face to face with the commando. The terrorists fled without the policeman having time to draw his weapon. At that time he used to carry a Sig Sauer with fifteen bullets of caliber 9 mm parabellum.
Lete Etxaniz was accused by the Spanish police of having been part of the Vizcaya commando and of having participated in an attack in 1980 in Ispáster in which six civil guards were killed.
Later, he was arrested in 1984 by the French police and deported to Cape Verde, after the French authorities refused to sign his extradition to Spain. He obtained nationality on the African island in 1997, where he died in 2002 due to a coagulation problem in his leg that caused thrombi and severe pain.
3.- 1987. Amedo was subjected to surveillance again by Josu Ternera, as the then Secretary of State for the Interior and current Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, later declared. ETA number one sent a report on Amedo to Santi Potros. The plan was to assassinate him with a sniper rifle as he approached one of his meeting places.
4.- In 1988, the Araba commando of ETA tried to assassinate Amedo and his confidant in HB, Joseba Urkijo Borde, who managed to escape to Mexico where he was arrested by the Police years later in the coastal city of Cancun.
5.- 1995. Amedo received a notice from the General Information Police Station to alert him to take precautions because he was being followed by an ETA commando in the Pozuelo de Alarcón area of Madrid, where he had taken up residence after leaving prison. The GAL case had already broken out and ETA was obsessed with it.
6.- 1996. ETA followed his trail in and out of Madrid. When he traveled to Lugo in the summer, to his town of Cerceda, they tried to intercept him along the way, but the police always aborted any assassination attempt. The Civil Guard also detected some terrorists who asked the residents of the town of Lugo about him.
7.- 1997.- ETA assassinated a police officer with a shot to the neck in the doorway of his home on Avinguda Madariaga in Bilbao, where Amedo had lived, first with his family and later alone. It was a house assigned to officials of the National Police Corps. Amedo had already taken precautions and, when he lived there, he only went to collect things. Neighbors alerted him that young people often asked about him and kept watch from a car. One of the police hypotheses was that the ETA members murdered the inspector, mistaking him for Amedo.