First Franco era death sentence finally annulled
16 February 2007, MADRID - A military court has annuled for the first time a death sentence handed down during the Spanish Civil War.
16 February 2007
MADRID - A military court has annuled for the first time a death sentence handed down during the Spanish Civil War.
Ricardo Puente, a left-wing activist, was condemned in 1937 by a military court in Malaga, an area of Spain held by dictator General Francisco Franco during the civil war.
His crime was "disseminating extreme ideas" through his radio station which broadcast left-wing programmes.
Puente, a member of the Republican Left, was condemned to death but the sentence was later commuted to six years in jail.
But the Spanish daily El Mundo reported on Friday, the ruling by the Madrid military court opened the way for Puente's family to appeal for a pardon.
The court ruled Puente was judged on facts which did not relate to the crimes of which he was being accused.
Puente faced two trials for the same offence in Malaga.
The ruling gives hope to other families whose relatives were condemned in similar circumstances.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news