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Opening up of Spanish mass graves halted

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Opening up of Spanish mass graves halted


A Spanish judge’s orders to open up mass graves dating back to the Franco years have been put on hold. Public prosecutors have successfully appealed against the order, which was made by a judge who has agreed to investigate deaths and disappearances after the Spanish civil war.

Fellow judges have ruled that nothing can go ahead until it is decided whether judge Baltasar Garzon has the legal jurisdiction to investigate the Franco years. Garzon’s inquiry has provoked fierce debate in Spain, with critics, including state proscutors, saying it is not lawful.

They claim an amnesty law agreed to in the late 1970s, as a way of national reconciliation, makes investigations impossible.

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