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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Spanish judge feels threatened by anti-terrorist laws

Judge Manuel Díaz de Rábago, member of the Superior Court of Justice of the Basque Country, appointed by the Spanish Judicial Power government organs at Madrid (not any autonomous court), declared to online judicial magazine Res Publica that:

ETA and the way the State reacts to it cause me, in these last years, some uncertainty on what can happen first to me: that ETA murders me or that the State accuses me of being part of ETA's structures. This reveals to me the madness of both in the persecution of their goals under the perverse logic of "everything is valid".
Judge Díaz de Rábago was, among others, in charge of the political trial against two Basque lehendakaris (autonomical presidents) and the spokesman of the Basque Nationalist Left, Arnaldo Otegi, accused of dialoguing with ETA (or with each other, not really sure, as it's all so Kafkian and absurd).

Originally a labor attorney, he was proposed as president of the regional court but only achieved nine votes (out of 20) at the Spanish General Council of the Judicial Power (organ appointed by the Spanish Parliament). The above declarations were made in reply to a question on his opinion on the Egunkaria case.

Source: Gara.

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