GARZON GUILTY VERDICT IS SPAIN’S SHAME

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Supporters sign a poster of Baltasar Garzón in Madrid.

2 OF 3 VERDICTS AGAINST BALTHASAR GARZON HAVE NOW BEEN DELIVERED. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT IN ALL 3 CASES THE SPANISH SUPREME COURT PROSECUTOR HAS ASKED THAT  ALL CHARGES.BE DROPPED.

THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND, FROM WHICH THERE IS NO APPEAL LAST WEEK FOUND GARZON GUILTY OF ILLEGALLY WIRETAPPING CLIENT/LAWYER CONVERSATIONS AND SUSPENDED HIM FOR 11 YEARS. THIS WEEK THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND “SHELVED” THE NEW YORK bribery allegations on the basis that a staute of limitations applied, but did not quosh the charges.

A VERDICT IS STILL AWAITING ON THE CHARGE OF HAVING IGNORED THE AMNESTY LAWS OF THE 70’s AND ORDERING THAT CIVIL WAR VICTIMS BE ALLOWED TO BE EXHUMED FROM MASS GRAVES AND REBURIED.

THE MOST IDIOTIC RESPONSE HAS COME FROM DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría of the Partido Popular (PP), who demands that institutions be “respected” whilst failing to realise that institutions MUST EARN RESPECT through the quality of their decision making, and that where institutions are seen to be corrupt then questioning is warranted and indeed necessary by ALL. http://elpais.com/elpais/2012/02/10/inenglish/1328902787_716051.html

NO MATTER THAT GARZON was investigating up to 70 corrupt (PP) officials feeding at the E.U. “money trough” in the “good old days” since AZNAR, the money flowed like wine and to date no-one has been brought to justice for the mispent billions in Spain but BALTHASAR GARZON, the man who was leading the investigation.

NO MATTER THAT WIRE TAPS HAVE BEEN AUTHORISED in other judicial investigations on more than 1 occasion, and it is hardly supprising that GARZON’S PERSECUTION BY THE STACKED AND PERSONNALY BIASED JUDICIARY halts that particular investigation. excerpts from the tapes below IN JOSE YOLDI’S ARTICLE demonstrate the validity of Garzons cause.

The most balanced opinions I have heard are those from Amnesty International lawyer Hugo Relva

“The court stands to become the laughing stock of the judiciary”

“A coincidence according to plan.”                                                                           Jose Yoldi. 

The conviction against investigating judge Baltasar Garzón had been forecast as the most likely result in all the private bets at the Supreme Court, High Court and General Council of the Judiciary. The investigation into allegedly illegal wiretaps ordered by the judge got started in February 2010, the third of three cases brought against Garzón in the Supreme Court.

A year before that, the far-right group Manos Limpias had sued Garzón over his inquiry into Franco-era crimes that the then-High Court judge felt constituted crimes against humanity. This part of Spanish history has never been judicially investigated on the basis of an 1977 amnesty law. Soon afterwards, a third case that had already been dismissed, involving sponsorship by Santander bank of lectures Garzón gave at NYU, was reopened.

The Franco-crimes case against him, pursued passionately by Judge Luciano Varela, was necessary to temporarily suspend Garzón from his duties, and the New York case extended the suspicion that he improperly accepted money from a source he later cleared of tax fraud allegations. But the important case against Garzón was the wiretap order.

Back in October 2010, legal sources considered that this was the most likely of the three cases to produce a conviction against a judge who was as famous as he was controversial, especially in Spain, where he went after everyone from ETA terrorists to drug traffickers and corrupt politicians. Abroad, Garzón is considered a champion of human rights for his international warrant against Chile’s General Pinochet in 1998 and trial of former members of Argentina’s dictatorship.

What better, then, than to convict him for violating basic rights, even if they are the rights of jailed corruption suspects? Also, the judge in this case, Alberto Jorge Barreiro, subtly moved the focus of the trial from the suspects to their innocent lawyers, whose right to privacy and professional secrecy had been breached.

So while the wiretap case was moving along at fast-track speed, the other two trials against Garzón were traveling in freight trains. The prison conversations Garzón had tapped included, among other things, the following conversation between a Gürtel suspect and his lawyer:

Lawyer. The good news I was going to tell you is that the Boadilla business society [a deal allegedly obtained through favors from a PP mayor] is not blocked.

Pablo Crespo. No.

Lawyer. I don’t know how much at the moment. Ramón wasn’t sure but he thought…

Pablo Crespo. Yes, yes, all right…

Lawyer. Then, if this is so and we can dispose of it, obviously unless you give me other instructions…

Pablo Crespo. No, no.

Lawyer. First I’ll look after your families. I’m going to make a five-month estimation based on the figures you gave me the other day; that will be the first thing, instead of month to month, or else we risk getting this blocked.

Pablo Crespo. You handle this in some way.

So there were indeed indications for the lawyer to handle the funds that had not yet been blocked. Also, it turns out that in none of the three Supreme Court cases against Garzón was there any accusation from the prosecutor, who felt Garzón committed no crime.

The entire wiretap case is based on a legal interpretation of article 51.2 of the General Penitentiary Law that allows prisoner communications to be monitored “by order of the judicial authority in cases of terrorism.” Garzón accepted a police request to do so, as well as requests by both anti-corruption attorneys, and the decision was backed by Judge Antonio Pedreira of the Madrid regional High Court. None of these individuals was so much as called in to testify in the case against Garzón.

In other cases, such as the trial over the murder of the young Marta del Castillo, judges authorized the monitoring of prison conversations by her alleged killers with the goal of trying to locate her body; in the case of the lawyer Pablo Vioque, his lawyer’s conversations were monitored to prevent the assassination of then chief drug czar Javier Zaragoza, whom the prisoner aimed to kill through a hired thug. Neither case had anything to do with terrorism, but neither judge was upbraided for their decision to order wiretaps.

Meanwhile, Garzón has been disbarred from the judiciary for the same reason. But because the judges who sit on the Supreme Court do not pervert the court of justice, it is surely a coincidence. A coincidence according to plan, you might think.

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