UN group voices 'concern' at Spanish judge Garzon's suspension

25th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

The UN group on enforced and involuntary disappearances voiced "concern" Tuesday at the suspension of crusading Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon ahead of his trial for alleged abuse of power.

Throwing its support behind the embattled judge, the five-member group of independent experts said it "notes with concern" his suspension by Spain's General Council of the Judiciary.

Earlier this month, the council suspended Garzon from the bench at the National Court.

Garzon faces trial for abuse of power for opening a probe into the disappearance of tens of thousands of people during Spain's 1936-39 civil war and General Francisco Franco's subsequent right-wing dictatorship.

The case follows a complaint by far-right groups that the probe ignored an amnesty law passed in 1977, two years after Franco's death, for crimes committed under the general's rule.

© 2010 AFP

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