Born in: Madrid
Age: 37
Offspring: 2
Marital status: Married
Job: Professor at the Faculty of Law of San Sebastián and member of the Executive Committee of UCD
Date of the attack: 31/10/1980
Place of the attack: Donostia
Guilties: José María Salegui Zuloaga, Luis Francisco Amézaga Mendizábal, José Luis Bilbao.
Weapon: Gun
Killed by: ETA


UCD leader Juan de Dios Doval de Mateo left his home in the Lorea district of San Sebastián and got into his car. He had just started the engine when two unmasked terrorists approached, fired three shots and ran away.

On the day before his killing he said to his secretary: “Pray for me”. She told him that he should resign his position, but he said that he didn’t want his children to think he was a coward. The assassination took place just a week after that of Jaime Arrese Arizmendiarreta, also a UCD leader in the Basque Country.

All normal activities at the Law School, where the victim worked, were immediately suspended following news of his murder. The students met in assembly and issued an agreed statement condemning the attack.