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Judge Garzon honoured in Argentina

Judge Garzon honoured in Argentina
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Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon has been honoured in Argentina for his pursuit of the leaders of the country’s military dictatorship.

Garzon led efforts in Spain to prosecute those responsible for atrocities carried out between 1976 and 1983 under the principle of universal jurisdiction.

The judge lamented the lack of political will to pursue crimes against humanity committed abroad.

“It is sad in some countries, such as Spain, that there has been a reversal of the policy in relation to universal justice,” he said.

Garzon made his name in Spain by trying to prosecute Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

But he is a divisive figure in his home country: supporters praise his dogged chase of human rights abusers during the Franco era.

Others say he overreached his authority with his probes into Spain’s painful past.

He has been suspended from judicial duties as those charges are investigated.