Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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

By Paul Mitchell,, Sep 22, 2009

Investigative Judge Baltasar Garzón 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. Garzón, 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 Franco’s 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.”

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