Francisco Franco en Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon goes on trial <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Liberal magistrate who had Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet arrested is now in the dock himself. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> To his supporters Baltasar Garzon is a crusader for human rights, a man who truly speaks for the dead, the man who successfully used European law to have the British authorities arrest Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in London.</p> <p> To his detractors, the 56-year old prosecuting magistrate is a meddlesome, liberal jurist who uses his authority to bend the law and carry out vendettas against political opponents.</p> <p> Garzon was arrested and suspended from his position almost two years ago on three separate charges. Today the <a href="http://">first trial </a>got underway in Spain&#39;s Supreme Court. He is accused of using illegal wire taps in investigations of some businessmen who funded Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy&#39;s Parti Popular.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Augusto Pinochet Baltasar Garzon Chile Francisco Franco Home Mariano rajoy Regions Spain Spanish Civil War Europe Spain Europa GlobalPost Blogs Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:45:55 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5687696 at Victims demand investigation into Spain’s stolen babies scandal Brussels — An outspoken judge’s trial leads to courts airing Franco-era crimes accusations.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baltasar Garzon Francisco Franco Spain Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:13:45 +0000 Paul Ames 5689925 at Spain's Francisco Franco, like you've never seen him before <p>MADRID &mdash; The face is slightly obscured behind a pair of dark sunglasses, but it&rsquo;s all too familiar to millions here. It is, without a doubt, Francisco Franco, the right-wing dictator who ruled Spain for nearly four decades. But you&rsquo;ve never seen him like this before: fashioned out of silicon, crouching comically inside a Coca-Cola refrigerator. The sculpture has generated no small amount of controversy and helped show just how much the dictator remains an issue here nearly 40 years after his death.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Francisco Franco World Leaders Want to Know Spain Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:02:00 +0000 Guy Hedgecoe 5910870 at Spain faces pressure to confront its violent past <p>MADRID &mdash; The Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory has exhumed more than 150 graves containing 1,400 Franco victims, although it believes up to 150,000 remain buried. But it&#39;s facing an uphill battle. The conservative Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy has eliminated its public funding, citing the economic crisis, and is resisting pressure from abroad.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Francisco Franco Want to Know Politics Spain Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:04:12 +0000 Guy Hedgecoe 6087886 at