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Miguel Hernández archive: a victim of politics or economics?

Hernández, like the thousands of other men and women executed or sentenced to lengthy prison sentences by Franco for their opposition to the military uprising, was tried by a military court without proper legal representation. In 2010, after many years of campaigning, his supposed crime was wiped from the records. But the Supreme Court last year rejected the family’s petition to void the summary judgment by Franco-era military court on the grounds that it followed the law of the times. The Zapatero government’s Historical Memory Law allows for pardons but does not declare pre-democratic court rulings void.

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