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Posted on May 14, 2010
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Judge Baltasar Garzon first hit world headlines in October 1998 when he ordered the arrest of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in London.

Baltasar Garzon, the Spanish judge made famous for probing into abuses committed under dictator Gen. Francisco Franco and for going after notorious international figures like Osama bin Laden and Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, has been suspended in preparation for a trial in which he is accused of overstepping his authority.

The court case comes after a wave of complaints from far-right groups arguing that crimes committed during the country’s civil war or decades-long dictatorship are covered under Spanish amnesty law. —JCL

Al Jazeera English:

Baltasar Garzon, one of Spain’s highest ranking judges, has been suspended from his post ahead of his trial for overreaching his authority in a probe linked to Franco-era crimes.

The General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), the body that oversees the judiciary, decided unanimously to suspend Garzon on Friday, two days after the country’s supreme court cleared the way for his trial.

Garzon is accused of abuse of power for opening an investigation in 2008 into the disappearance of tens of thousands of people during Spain’s 1936 to 1939 civil war and General Francisco Franco’s subsequent dictatorship.

The case follows a complaint by far-right groups that the probe ignored an amnesty law passed in 1977, two years after Franco’s  death, for crimes committed under the general’s rule.

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By MarthaA, May 15, 2010 at 9:12 am Link to this comment

The Conservative Far Right gives themselves amnesty and there will be Hell to pay if that amnesty is not obeyed, right?

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By berniem, May 14, 2010 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

What a coincidence! Today’s far-right versions of the world’s former goose stepping fascists think that going after them and/or their comrades in crimes against humanity(listening Georgie & Dick?) is over stepping one’s legal authority! Hmmm. I wonder who’s authority they think it is? Maybe they just think that their behaviors don’t constitute crimes. Afterall, haven’t they just been keeping the world safe for “Free Trade”, the spread of “Democracy”, the “Rule of Law”, while protecting all freedom loving people around the world from tyranny and the scourge of “Secular Humanism” in it’s quest to destroy christianity and capitalism?

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By diamond, May 14, 2010 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment

What a pity Pinoshit never got what he deserved. And no, I don’t mean the 25 million Nixon and Kissinger gave him to have all those pregnant women raped and murdered or to throw those students out of helicopters. I mean what a pity he never had his day in the Hague and got life for his crimes. This is just another example of how the evil are protected and the good are attacked by the friends of the evil. I think it was J.B. Priestly (?) who said ‘The evil always protect each other: it’s their great strength’.

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