Annulled or not?

October 11, 2010

Poet Miguel Hernández, whose centenary is celebrated on October 30

Professor Rafael Escudero has criticized the Spanish Attorney General (fiscal), Público reports, for misinterpreting the legal consequences of the Law of Historical Memory, which was adopted in December 2007, and which declares Francoist sentences “illegitimate,” without going so far as to annul them altogether. As families of several prominent victims of Francoism–notably the poet Miguel Hernández and Catalan leader Lluís Companys–have requested that their relatives’ names be fully cleared, the AG’s office has replied that the Law of Historical Memory makes this question moot. Escudero disagrees, arguing that the Memory Law does not affect the legal records of those convicted by Francoist tribunals.