NY Times: acquit Garzón

February 5, 2012

Judge Baltasar Garzón. Photo by Richard Bermack.

“Judge Garzón’s trial,” the New York Times editorialized yesterday, “is a disturbing echo of the Franco era’s totalitarian thinking.” The charge that the judge overstepped his authority when he ordered in inquiry into Franco’s crimes are baseless, the paper argues, because “under international law, there can be no amnesty for crimes against humanity and that unsolved disappearances — thousands of mass graves are unopened — constitute a continuing crime.” This is why “prosecuting him for digging into Franco-era crimes is an offense against justice and history. The Spanish Supreme Court never should have accepted this case. Now it must acquit him.” Read the whole editorial here; previous Volunteer coverage of the case, here.

Previous Volunteer coverage here.