Crusading Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon will face trial in Madrid for over-reaching his powers by ordering a 2008 inquiry into alleged killings carried out during the country’s Civil War.
The murders were committed when miltary dictator Franco ruled Spain, but Garzon dropped the probe under pressure from state prosectuors.
The 54-year-old is a darling of the Spanish left and human rights campaigners, who recently organised a demonstration in Madrid to express their support for his work.
The case against him is being brought by a handful of right-leaning political groups.
While Garzon is on trial, he will be suspended from judicial duties in Spain.
That’s led to the offer of consultancy work at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
The court, set up to try war crimes and crimes agaisnt humanity, said Garzon would help improve its investigative methods.