Victims of Franco could get 'moral compensation'

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13 December 2006, MADRID — Victims of the late dictator Francisco Franco may receive 'moral amends' if they were convicted by a court during his regime.

13 December 2006

MADRID — Victims of the late dictator Francisco Franco may receive 'moral amends' if they were convicted by a court during his regime.

A controversial law which seeks to find justice for the victims of Franco is to be changed to offer those convicted in courts or shot by firing squads.

The Law of Historical Memory, which is going through parliament, will now offer victims 'moral amends' if they were unfairly convicted.

But it will not reverse decisions by the courts themselves.

The socialist government will on Thursday propose this change to a law which has met with criticism from both the Left and Right.

Previously the government had refused to include this measure.

Left-wing parties like the United Left and campaigners say it does not do enough for the victims.

The main conservative opposition Popular Party says the past should be left and old wounds from this era should not be raked over.

To get the proposed change through parliament, the socialists will depend on regional nationalist parties.

The law, which is due to come into force next year, is to grant compensation to political prisoners who worked in labour battalions or for pro-Franco businessmen.

Those who fought in International  Brigades against Franco will be granted Spanish citizenship and be granted some pension rights.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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