Spain’s Supreme Court has found the human rights judge Baltasar Garzón guilty of authorising the illegal recording of defence lawyers’ conversations.
In a unanimous ruling, he was barred from practising for 11 years. The court said he could not appeal against the decision.
The case is separate from one currently in progress in which Garzón is accused of illegally ordering an inquiry into tens of thousands of suspected murders by forces loyal to General Franco.
Baltasar Garzón became known internationally over his efforts to extradite the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet from London to Madrid.