Friday, July 16, 2010

Argentina: Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon

Argentina treats embattled Spanish judge as hero

Natacha Pisarenko / AP Spain's Judge Baltazar Garzon, left, embraces Taty Almeida, a member of the Human Rights organization Mother's of Plaza de Mayo, during a ceremony in support of Garzon at the former Argentine Navy School of Mechanics (ESMA) in Buenos Aires, Thursday, July 15, 2010. The ESMA was a torture center during the 1976-83 dictatorship.

July 16, 2010 Fourteen years ago, a group of Argentine women wearing white kerchiefs with the names of their missing children flew to Madrid and entered the chambers of Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon. He says they changed his life.

The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo were seeking justice for those who had disappeared during Argentina's bloody 1976-1983 military dictatorship. Though the crimes happened on the other side of the world nearly two decades earlier, Garzon couldn't turn them away.

"Judges, more than anyone, cannot look away. This is not some other people's problem. It is our problem. It is our responsibility," said Garzon, who now faces potentially career-ending charges of overstepping his authority by trying to investigate crimes against humanity in his own country. Continued

The troubles for the Judge came almost directly after he said he was going to open up an Inquiry into War Crimes as related to the Invasion of Iraq looking squarely at the bush cabal!

No comments: