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Spain: Trial of Judge Baltasar Garzón ‘a blow to human rights’

Headline Title:  Spain: Trial of Judge Garzón ‘a blow to human rights’ 20 January 2012 The Spanish Supreme Court’s pending criminal trial of a pioneering investigative judge is a threat to human rights and judicial independence, Amnesty International said today. Judge Baltasar Garzón, 56, faces trial in Madrid on 24 January on charges he abused his power while leading an investigation into crimes under international law committed during the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War and the ensuing decades of dictatorship under General Francisco Franco.   The judge is renowned for opening…

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