Argentina appeals court re-opens investigation into Spain crimes under Franco Erin Bock at 4:17 PM ET
[JURIST] An appeals court in Argentina Friday reopened an investigation into crimes against humanity committed in Spain during the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War and the subsequent regime of General Francisco Franco [BBC profile]. The Spanish government adopted an amnesty law in 1977 [JURIST report] after Franco's death barring investigation and prosecution of such crimes. Under "universal jurisdiction" doctrine the Second Chamber of Argentina's House of Federal Criminal Appeals plans to send a "diplomatic request" [BBC report] to the Spanish government to ascertain what action the country has taken in the matter. Members of human rights organizations have applauded the appeals court's decision to look further into the war crimes as a step toward "universal justice" [EFE report, in Spanish]. The case was brought to federal court in April [JURIST report; JURIST comment] by Argentinian relatives of Spanish citizens killed during the Franco regime.
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