Argentinian lawyers want former Franco ministers to face human rights charges
Argentinean lawyers, who are seeking to bring to justice Spanish officials alleged to be responsible for the deaths of citizens during Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, announced on Tuesday in Madrid that they will seek criminal charges against three former ministers.
The original complaint of genocide and crimes against humanity was filed on April 2010 by Slepoy and Messuti, based on the doctrine that courts can investigate crimes against humanity occurring in third countries. Since then some 150 victims of the Spanish Civil War and survivors of victims have joined the case, which is being investigated in Buenos Aires by Judge María Servini de Cubría.
The complaint covers the period from July 1936, with Franco’s military uprising that started the Civil War, to June 15, 1977, when the first democratic elections were held during the Transition.
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