Annullment of sentences after all?

July 5, 2010

Blas Infante

What exactly is the legal status of the hundreds of thousands of sentences issued by Francoist tribunals during and after the Civil War? To the frustration of many associated with the movement calling for a “recovery of historical memory,” Spain’s “Historical Memory Law” of 2007 did not include an a massive annulment of these sentences. The law did, however, declare the tribunals to be “illegitimate.” Now Spain’s Attorney General, Cándido Conde-Pumpido, seems to have adopted an interpretation of the Memory Law that all but equates this illegitimacy with annulment. That, at least, is the tenor of his reaction to the request from the government of Andalusia for the annulment of the sentence issued in 1940 to Blas Infante, the “father of the Andalusian homeland.”