Argentine court investigates Francoist killings

September 4, 2010

EITB reports:

A court in Argentina has reopened an investigation into killings committed during the Spanish Civil War and the early years of the Franco dictatorship, such as human rights groups and families of victims requested, court officials reported this week. The court overturned a previous ruling that closed the investigations and requested the Spanish Government to provide information on whether it is investigation those crimes committed between July 17th, 1936 and June 15th, 1977. The legal move is a turning of the tables. In the past, victims of the 1976-1983 Argentine “Dirty War” sought justice through European courts, which have passed sentences in absentia against South American human rights abusers.

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