Investigation into murdered Spanish diplomat
15 March 2004
MADRID – The Spanish Supreme Court ruled Monday that Spanish courts have jurisdiction in the criminal investigation into former Chilean Defence Minister Hernan Julio Brady Roche in connection with the killing of a former Spanish diplomat.
Brady was wanted in connection with the murder in 1976 of former Spanish diplomat Carmelo Soria, who was allegedly tortured and killed.
The Supreme court issued the ruling after agreeing to a partial review of appeals filed in response to an earlier decision by the Audiencia Nacional, Spain’s High Court.
The Audiencia Nacional had ruled that the case was outside its jurisdiction, a move that nullified the international arrest warrant issued for Brady.
The appeals were filed by the widow of Carmelo Soria, the left-wing United Left (IU) party and a lawyer.
Soria, who moved to Chile at the end of the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War, was kidnapped on 14 July 1976.
His body, showing signs of torture, was found two days later floating in a Santiago canal.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news