Spanish judge Garzon acquitted in Franco-era crime probe

Spanish judge Garzon acquitted in Franco-era crime probe

Calgary : Canada | Feb 27, 2012 at 7:38 AM PST
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Garzon is accused by far-right groups of abusing his power

“The Supreme Court has spared itself further embarrassment by rejecting these ill-advised charges,” Reed Brody, a spokesman for the New York-based Human Rights Watch, said after Monday’s verdict.

“Investigating torture and ‘disappearances’ cannot be considered a crime.

But the damage has already been done with the previous conviction of Garzon,”the spokesman added.

A group of UN experts including Gabriela Knaul, UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, had also voiced concern about the trial,

Garzon was accused of abuse of power for trying to investigate the disappearance of some 114,000 people during the 1936-39 Civil War and General Francisco Franco’s dictatorship that ended in 1975.

Garzon had argued that the atrocities were crimes against humanity and not subject to a 1977 amnesty voted through by parliament

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Spanish judge Garzon acquitted in Franco-era crime probe
MADRID: Spain's top court acquitted renowned human rights judge Baltasar Garzon on Monday of breaching the terms of an amnesty by trying to investigate atrocities committed during the Franco era.
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