Argentine judge indicts Spanish Franco-era minister on murder charges
An Argentine judge investigating cases stemming from the Franco dictatorship in Spain has indicted a former Spanish minister on four counts of homicide, according to court papers seen by Reuters on Saturday.
The judge wrote that she consideredMartin Villa "the prima facie perpetrator criminally responsible for the crime of aggravated homicide, repeated on at least four occasions, of which Pedro María Martínez Ocio, Romualdo Barroso Chaparro, Francisco Aznar Clemente and Germán Rodríguez Saíz were victims".
Martin Villa told the Spanish newspaper ABC: "I am calm. I will appeal."Spain passed an amnesty law in 1977 that pardoned crimes committed by the Franco dictatorship.Hundreds of Spaniards have tried to get around this by turning to an Argentine court, under the principle of universal justice, to address crimes committed against them and their families during General Francisco Franco's 36-year right-wing dictatorship.
Judge Servini wrote that Martin Villa had played a key role in the repressive structures of the dictatorship, which continued in the years immediately after Franco's death in 1975."It is great news for the victims, who have been claiming for many years," said Máximo Castex, a lawyer for the relatives of the victims. headtopics.com
The judge ordered Martin Villa, who lives in Madrid, to be detained but said it was unlikely to happen.Fernando Goldaracena, the ex-minister's lawyer, did not reply to requests for comment.Reporting by Graham Keeley; Editing by Christina Fincher and Kevin Liffey
Our Standards:More from ReutersSign up for our newsletterSubscribe for our daily curated newsletter to receive the latest exclusive Reuters coverage delivered to your inbox. Read more: Reuters Top News »
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Trailer Reveals Villainous Multiverse as Tom Holland Teases ‘That Is the Tip of the Iceberg’
The second trailer for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” premiered on Tuesday, a little over a month ahead of the Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios co-production’s exclusive theatrical rel…
I thought the adjective was Argentinian, as in 'Argentinian judge indicts...' am I wrong ? I've used Argentinian notwithstanding AP Style book, because I've heard it all my life and it is according to Oxford English dictionary. Argentine simply sounds too silvery to me!
US Capitol Police officer indicted on obstruction of justice charges in connection with January 6A US Capitol Pol ice officer was indicted on obstruction charges in connection to the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. These are not people with a different political opinion. These are people trying to overthrow our government. Arrest them and charge them with their crimes. Life in jail please
Biden Administration to Revive Remain-in-Mexico Immigration PolicyThe Biden administration will resume a Trump-era immigration policy of returning migrants to Mexico while their requests for asylum in the U.S. are considered, complying with a federal court order Trump was right after all Not Immigrants 🧐🧐🧐. Bwhahahahahahahahahahahh Is this Kamala 'Border Czar' Harris's work?
Former California state lawmaker indicted on federal bribery chargesLos Angeles City Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas was indicted on federal charges this week for his role in an alleged bribery scheme that landed his son a professorship at USC Must have been a protégé of Lori Laughlin Wow, he can teach criminal law! lots of corruption exposed these days from Democratic leaders and power brokers ..
Nikolas Cruz to change plea to guilty in 2018 Parkland school killingsNikolas Cruz to plead guilty to 2018 Parkland school killings Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Judge sentences real estate heir Robert Durst to life for California murder(Reuters) -A California judge on Thursday imposed a life prison sentence on multimillionaire real estate heir Robert Durst, who was convicted last month of murdering his best friend Susan Berman in 2000. Durst, 78 and in poor health, had spent much of the past four decades evading the law, ever since his wife Kathleen McCormack went missing in New York in 1982. Los Angeles County prosecutors alleged he killed Berman because she helped provide a false alibi for Durst in 1982 and he feared she would reveal that to authorities. JemmaLiverbird Only 12 days? He's getting away with two known murders. He doesn't look as if he has much life left to live. He'll be gone before he serves one quarter of that sentence.
7 of Penelope Cruz's most iconic outfitsThe Spanish actress is the poster girl for Y2K minimalism.