Judge Baltasar Garzon is accused of breaking a 1977 amnesty law, when he tried to investigate alleged human rights abuses, committed during Spain’s civil war and during the dictatorship of Franco that followed. Baltasar Garzon, renowned for his investigations into human rights abuses in Spain and Latin America, appeared before the Madrid court on Tuesday to face the first of three trials, which his supporters say are politically motivated. (See
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