Baltasar Garzon
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Judge Baltasar Garzon on trial in Spain

A high-profile Spanish judge has gone on trial accused of violating a 1977 amnesty law by investigating civil war and Franco-era crimes.

Baltasar Garzon is accused by two right-wing groups of overstepping his powers by trying to prosecute crimes committed between 1936 and 1975.

Mr Garzon's defence has called for the case to be dropped; a move backed by public prosecutors.

  • 24 Jan 2012
  • From the section Europe