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Human Rights hero Baltasar Garzón abused human rights – the grinding hypocrisy

TO Spain for an episode of gross human right hypocrisy. Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, 56 – a Human Rights judge – has been found guilty of ordering wiretaps of prisoners talking to their lawyers.

He is barred from the bench for 11 years.

Javier Baena, Garzón’s lawyer, reacted to the sentence:

“We shall carry on fighting, carry on appealing. We have a long road ahead, but I believe both he and I are more than strong enough.”

The Guardian writes:

The detainees are accused of paying off politicians to obtain lucrative government contracts…

Garzón argued during the trial that he had ordered the wiretaps because he thought the lawyers were being given instructions by the detainees to launder money. nThe judged grabbed headlines around the world in 1998 by using international human rights law to order the arrest in London of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

There is more to the judge than just that. In May 2010 he got the boot from Spain’s judiciary:

Spain’s crusading judge Baltasar Garzon was suspended from his post Friday ahead of his trial on charges of abuse of power linked to a probe of Franco-era crimes, judicial sources said. They said the body that oversees the judiciary, the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), decided unanimously to suspend Garzon, two days after the Supreme Court cleared the way for his trial.

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Posted: 9th, February 2012 | In: Reviews | Comment