El País questions Garzón wiretap case

October 23, 2010

Baltasar Garzón (Photo Richard Bermack)

In an editorial today, El País calls attention to the “strange paralysis” that seems to have befallen the third of the cases brought against Judge Baltasar Garzón: a charge of illegal wiretapping in his investigation of corruption in the Valencian branch of the opposition party, the Partido Popular. El País questions the charge that Garzón’s wiretap order (which included conversations between the accused and their lawyers) was issued with any other goal than to gather additional evidence, and argues that even if some of the wiretaps were excessively broad, the evidence associated with them can simply be dismissed, without any need to try the Judge.