HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Court prosecutor sides wi...

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:13 PM

Court prosecutor sides with Garzón in Franco-inquiry trial

Magistrate's career under threat on charges of overstepping authority for investigating Civil War and dictatorship crimes


Speaking during the opening day of Judge Baltasar Garzón's trial, on charges that he overstepped his authority by illegally opening an investigation into crimes committed during the 1936-39 Civil War and ensuing Franco dictatorship, the Supreme Court's chief prosecutor publicly called for the case to be dropped.

Luis Navajas sided with Garzón's defense team, which called for a dismissal of the case because the briefs filed by complainants were "not valid for prosecution." The Supreme Court recessed until next Tuesday to consider the arguments.

"This [trial] shows the total impunity of the crimes of Francoism," Marco González of the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory told Reuters outside the court. "It's not just Garzón who is being judged today, but the right of people to search for vanished loved ones, for there to be a little justice, truth and reparation."

"Given Judge Baltasar Garzón's success at investigating and prosecuting crimes under international law around the world, it beggars belief that Spanish judicial authorities would seek to prevent him from investigating such crimes in Spain," said Hugo Relva, legal advisor at Amnesty International, who is in Madrid to observe the trial.

0 replies, 419 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Reply to this thread