Garzon says Pinochet victims need to see justice
11 December 2006, MADRID — The Spanish judge who tried to extradite Augusto Pinochet said on Monday legal action against the late Chilean dictator should continue despite his death.
11 December 2006
MADRID — The Spanish judge who tried to extradite Augusto Pinochet said on Monday legal action against the late Chilean dictator should continue despite his death.
Baltasar Garzon told the Spanish radio station Cadena Ser: "This legal action should continue because the victims were not only those of Pinochet but also other members of the military and civilians."
He said it was sad that despite "important advances" in the Chilean justice system its "slowness" has stopped victims of Pinochet from having some compensation with a sentence which condemned Pinochet for his crimes.
Garzon directed a message of gratitude towards the victims for their "fight".
In 1998, Garzon tried to extradite Pinochet to Spain from Britain where he was having medical treatment.
The judge accused Pinochet of murdering Spanish citizens.
But after a stand-off, Britain said he could not be extradited as he was not in good health.
Isabel Allende, daughter of Salvador Allende, the former president of Chile who was murdered by Pinochet in a military coup in 1973, said the fight for the victims should continue.
"He does not merit in any circumstances any type of honour," she said.
Pinochet died on Sunday aged 91.
Television and newspapers in Spain were filled with images and articles on the former dictator who was accused of killing thousands during his period as head of state in the Latin American country.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news