Franco officials to face justice in Argentina?

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 13:23

By Justice Hub

An Argentine judge has requested the extradition 20 Spanish officials accused of human rights violations during the regime of General Francisco Franco. The officials cannot be put on trial in Spain because of an amnesty law adopted soon after the Franco dictatorship came to an end. Among the 20 accused are two former ministers.

The judge, María Romilda Servini de Cubría, is basing her arrest warrants on the principle of universal jurisdiction for human rights issues, the same principle that Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón invoked to prosecute the former Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet, during the 1990s.  Servini made the request to Interpol to demand that the Spanish authorities carry out "pre-emptive detention with a view to extradition" of the subjects.

Human rights groups have welcomed the move.

Osvaldo Guttiérrez Gómez is a Cuban cartoonist who works for Cartoon Movement.  

 

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