The Norwegian government has withdrawn the residents’ permits and diplomatic protection that it granted to three senior members of the Basque terrorist organisation, including its leader Josu Ternera, at the end of 2011.

The decision to throw out the trio was motivated by the fact that 18 months after its announcement of a "definitive cessation" of violence, Eta had not begun to disarm.

The three Eta leaders have apparently left Norway for France, where they will be obliged to live in hiding.