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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:43 PM
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Judge Garzn issued arrest warrants and extradition requests to the UK for former Chilean dictator Pinochet and war criminal Henry Kissinger. Recently judge Garzn also tried to issue summons for Bush regime officials for torture.

Spain: Judge Garzn faces prosecution for investigating Franco-era crimes

By Paul Mitchell
22 September 2009

Investigative Judge Baltasar Garzn has appeared in court as a result of a prosecution brought by far-right organisations for investigating crimes committed during the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco. Garzn, who is a candidate for president of the International Criminal Court and a Nobel Peace Prize, could be suspended or lose his job if the case proceeds.

Millions who wanted some sort of justice for the hundreds of thousands of Francos victims were shown once again the extent of the power and influence still wielded by the extreme right 30 years after the so-called transition to democracy.

Garzn was summoned to the National Court after judges accepted a complaint by Clean Hands (Manos Limpias) and Liberty and Identity (Libertad e Identidad) that Garzn exceeded his legal powers in 2008 when he charged Franco and 34 former generals and ministers with crimes against humanity and ordered the exhumation of the disappeared buried in mass graves. In its complaint, Clean Hands accused Garzn of ignoring the amnesty granted to Franco and his henchmen in 1977 during the transition.

He spent four hours in the court, where he stated it was his duty to investigate the facts, to ferret out responsibility for the protection of the victims. He argued that the disappearances could not be pardoned since they constituted crimes against humanity.

A spokesman for the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory, which has been in the forefront of the campaign to identify the disappeared, said the prosecution was grossly unjust.

It is incomprehensible that an attempt to seek justice for victims of rights violations as serious as those committed by the Franco dictatorship can be considered a crime.

For victims of Franco, he concluded, it is a humiliation to see that the judge who tried to find thousands of the disappeared in mass graves could be convicted for it.
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:57 PM
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1. Time to watch "Z" again...

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anonymous171 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:21 PM
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2. Apparentlya lot of pro-Franco sentiment still lingers in Spain.
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 10:21 PM by anonymous171
To be fair, the commies and the anarchists were fucking crazy. But that still doesn't justify the terrible stuff that Franco did.
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:36 PM
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3. There was a collective decision to put it all behind them and close the book on it in Spain
Not the first time that has happened during a major transition ether. The bubba decided that was not good enough. Since his commission comes from the Spanish government, they can pull it for not following the law.
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Citizen Worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 01:37 AM
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4. Fascist salute
On my first trip to Spain in 1985 I visited Franco's Temple of the Fallen. This immense structure was carved out of a granite mountain using slave labor following the Spanish Civil War. Franco had appealed to the royals to allow him to be buried at El Escorial, the burial place of the royals for centuries. Franco was rejected and set about enslaving thousands of the defeated republicans to build his own private burial temple.

While looking at Franco's burial place in the floor of the temple a man of about 50 walked up, clicked his heels together and thrust his right arm in the Fascist salute. Yes, Fascism lives on in Spain, and elsewhere.
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