Judicial Council keeps Garzón in limbo

May 14, 2010

Spain’s Consejo General del Poder Judicial, or General Council of the Judiciary, has postponed its decision on Baltasar Garzón’s request for a seven-month leave of absence to work for the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC while it awaits several additional reports, after suspending him this morning–a decision that threw the country into turmoil and provoked the indignation of international jurists and human-rights organizations, in whose opinion Garzón has become, scandalously, the first Spaniard put on trial in relation to the crimes of Franco’s dictatorship–because he tried to investigate them.