Supporters at home have shown their backing for Spain’s so-called super-judge as he faces the prospect of finding himself in the dock.
Now, international voices are defending Baltasar Garzon who could be banned from his profession if found guilty of judicial malpractice.
The judge is widely known for investigating past
abuses by Latin American dictatorships. Now, however, he has been prevented from probing alleged human rights crimes in Spain’s recent history. Hence attempts by activists in Argentina to carry out the enquiry there.
“We are going to ask for an investigation into the crimes of genocide under General Franco’s dictatorship, from the Civil War until Spain’s first democratic elections,” said Argentinian lawyer Carlos Slepoy. “We can do that thanks to the principle of universal justice.”
In the influential New York Times newspaper and Britain’s Guardian, support has been expressed for the judge.
Spain’s Supreme Court has ruled he likely exceeded his authority by launching a probe into tens of thousands of disappearances during the country’s Civil War and General Franco’s subsequent rule.