High-profile Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon has been suspended as he faces court over allegations he abused his powers.
The charge sheet claims the 54-year-old had no legal right to try and hold an inquiry into murders commited during Franco’s military rule.
Garzon is known for his pursuit of alleged human rights abusers – he once attempted to try former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet in Spain.
Deputy Spanish Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega told reporters in Madrid that the government would “respect the decision taken”
by the judicial authorites.
“By the same token, we insist that the judge is presumed innocent until proven guilty as the legal process is not yet finished,” she said.
Eariler this week, the International Criminal Court in the Hague approached Garzon to work as an advisor.
The posting would last seven months. The Spanish judge is expected to assist on improving the court’s investigative procedures.