Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

Chaos at Westminster: UK's post-brexit leadership battle (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Chaos at Westminster: UK's post-brexit leadership battle (part 2)

Read more

ENCORE!

Matthew McConaughey and ‘Free State of Jones' shine new light on American civil war

Read more

FOCUS

Zika virus spreading fast across Puerto Rico

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Take a break: France’s love affair with vacations

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

THE INTERVIEW

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Panama: Triple X canal for giant cargos

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Israel’s ex-intel chief: ‘Together, we can do a lot to make Middle East a better place’

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

François Hollande: ‘Brexit result is irrevocable’

Read more

Europe

Human rights judge Garzon acquitted for Franco-era crime probe

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-02-27

A Madrid court acquitted Spanish judge Balthasar Garzon on Tuesday of an alleged breach of amnesty by investigating Franco-era crimes, including the disappearances of anti-government dissidents.

AFP - Spain's renowned rights judge Baltasar Garzon was on Monday acquitted in a prominent trial for trying to probe atrocities of the Franco era in an alleged breach of an amnesty.

The Madrid court's acquittal, announced by a judicial official, came after the 56-year-old was suspended from the bench for 11 years for illegally ordering wiretaps in a separate corruption case.

The February 9 verdict, which Garzon is appealing, halted the rise of a judge who won global renown by trying to extradite Chile's former dictator Augusto Pinochet from London in 1998.

He has also taken on Basque militants and even Al-Qaeda.

Garzon argues the atrocities, including thousands of forced disappearances during the Civil War and General Francisco Franco's dictatorship, were crimes against humanity and not subject to an amnesty.

His defenders argue that all three cases are a form of revenge by the many enemies he has made.

Date created : 2012-02-27

  • SPAIN

    Thousands rally for rights activist judge Baltasar Garzon

    Read more

  • SPAIN

    Spanish judge on trial for probing into Franco-era atrocities

    Read more

COMMENT(S)