Garzón not optimistic about immediate future

July 1, 2010

In a rare interview, Garzón has told the Spanish radio network Cadena Ser that he is reasonably pessimistic about his career at this point. Speaking from the house of his friend José Saramago–the recently deceased Portuguese novelist and Nobel Prize winner–where he participated in the presentation of a biography on the writer, Garzón said he’ll continue his work “wherever and in whatever way I can.” He doesn’t see himself returning any time soon to his post on the National Criminal Court, from which he was suspended a month and a half ago. Quoting his father, he added:  “In bad times, you’ve got to grin and bear it” (Cuando los tiempos vienen malos, hay que aguantar y apretarse los machos). Garzón is currently working as a special advisor to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Garzón also praised Saramago for his “ethical coherence” and his life-long commitment to human rights. Listen to the radio interview here. More coverage in El País.