Supreme court rejects annulment of Miguel Hernández sentence

February 16, 2011

Poet Miguel Hernández, whose centenary is celebrated on October 30

Spain’s Supreme Court, El País reports, has rejected a request for annulment from the family of one of Spain’s most renowned 20th-century poets, Miguel Hernández, who died in a Francoist prison in 1942, at age 31, after having been convicted of “aiding the rebellion”‘–the perverse phrase with which Franco’s Law of Political Responsibilities referred to the defense of the legitimate government in the face of the military coup of July 1936. The case is complicated because the so-called Law of Historical Memory, which was adopted in 2007, declares Francoist sentences “illegitimate” without going so far as to annul them. For the Supreme Court, the Historical Memory Law makes annulment superfluous; the Hernández family and many others disagree. See here for previous coverage of the case.