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Legal News
3 Nov 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A federal judge in Argentina on Friday requested that Spain arrest and extradite 20 former Spanish officials suspected of human rights violations during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder]. The judge, Maria Servini de Cubria, said she is invoking the principle of universal jurisdiction for human rights issues … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A Chilean court on Friday said that it has completed the 10-year investigation into the origin of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] fortune and his suspected embezzlement of public funds. In an unanimous decision, an an appeals court in Santiago closed the investigation, allowing … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN international expert on transitional justice Pablo de Greiff on Wednesday, urged [press release] Spanish authorities to trust their democracy and "not postpone measures for justice, truth and reparation for the victims of human rights violations" committed during the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War [BBC backgrounder] and the Franco … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Spanish officials on Wednesday told the UN that they will not reexamine the state's action during the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War [BBC backgrounder] and the Franco era. In 1977, Spain enacted a law that granted amnesty for political crimes committed during these periods. Spanish officials testified [press release] before … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called on Spanish authorities Tuesday to address the legacy of Franco era disappearances [press release], calling the failure to do so a "betrayal of justice." AI submitted a report [text] to the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances, claiming that the proposed reforms to Spain's … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Spanish government must do more to provide information on the whereabouts of individuals who disappeared during the Spanish Civil War [BBC backgrounder] and the Francisco Franco regime, experts from the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances [official website] demanded [press release] Monday. The working group compiled … [read more]


Legal News
20 Sep 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] An Argentine judge on Wednesday issued warrants [text, PDF, in Spanish] for four former Spanish officials accused of human rights violations during the Francisco Franco regime [BBC backgrounder]. Under international law [text], individuals accused of human rights abuses may be investigated and tried elsewhere if the country in which … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

The Iraq War was plagued with accusations of war crimes and atrocities, aimed at the different parties and countries involved in the conflict. The bulk of those claims revolved around the actual combat between US, Iraqi and guerrilla forces. However, the specter of war crimes infiltrated the war early in … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Spain [official website, in Spanish] resigned Thursday over allegations that he used public funds for personal trips between 2008 and 2012. Carlos Divar [El Pais profile], who is also the chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, announced [El Pais report] during … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] in a 6-1 decision acquitted [judgment, in Spanish] Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Monday of abuse of power charges [JURIST report]. Garzon was charged with abusing power by ordering the exhumation [JURIST report] of 19 mass graves … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday expressed its concern over the trial of Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile], which involve his investigations of acts that occurred during the Spanish Civil War. Spokesperson for the OHCHR, Rupert Colville, indicated that … [read more]


Legal News
9 Feb 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday convicted [press release, in Spanish] Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of ordering illegal wiretaps in jailhouses, after a trial lasting less than one month [JURIST report]. The court announced in October that Garzon would stand … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2012
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] took the stand in his second trial [JURIST report] before the Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday and defended his investigation into war crimes allegedly committed under Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder] during the Spanish Civil War. Garzon … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The second trial of Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] began on Tuesday before the Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish]. Garzon has been charged with abusing power [JURIST report] by opening an investigation into war crimes allegedly committed under Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder] during … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2012
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The trial of Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], accused of ordering illegal wiretaps in jailhouses, began on Tuesday before a seven-judge panel of the Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish]. The court announced in October that Garzon would stand trial on the charges after … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2011
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] announced Friday that Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will stand trial on November 29 for ordering illegal wiretaps in jailhouses. Garzon was indicted [text, PDF, in Spanish; JURIST report] in April for ordering the placement of wiretaps in … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Monday issued an indictment [text, PDF, in Spanish] against National Court judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for his order to place illegal wiretaps in jailhouses for the purpose of recording conversations between inmates and their lawyers. Garzon's … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] Spanish National Court judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday filed a petition [press release] with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website], challenging a case brought against him in Spain that alleges abuse of power in investigating crimes committed under the Franco dictatorship … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Spanish National Court [official website, in Spanish] on Friday agreed to continue investigating allegations of a Moroccan man who claims that he was tortured while detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Article 23.4 of the Ley Organica del Poder Judicial (LOPJ) [text, in Spanish] authorizes Spanish courts … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] Spanish judge Eloy Velasco on Friday set a March 1 deadline for the US government to indicate whether Guantanamo abuse allegations will be investigated by US lawyers before deciding whether to allow a controversial lawsuit against former Bush administration officials to move forward. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2009 … [read more]

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