This is the bloke who chased Pinochet, isn’t it?

But the only conviction that has so far been made is that of Judge Balthazar Garzon, who was given an 11-year suspension for illegally wiretapping conversations between remand prisoners and their lawyers when he was in charge of the case.

 

Hmmm.

7 comments on “This is the bloke who chased Pinochet, isn’t it?

  1. Yup, that’s the guy.

    The whole thing here is a stinking corrupt mess. Both major parties and the socialist (political not sectorial) union are full of currupt people. There are hundreds of cases in the courts.

    Unfortunately the judicial system is politically driven.

    This guy was a star, and back in the days was promised a ministry by the socialists, got offered a lesser post and went off in a huff. He is known amongst the less political judges for poor politically-biased ‘cut and paste’ sentences and believed he could take on everybody (and because he is a good leftie) cut corners.

    There are rumours surrounding him regarding money which seem to hold water.

    He got caught out and his enemies (legion) did him.

  2. Oh good, so everything Pinochet did was fine then that’s a relief. There was me thinking for a moment that he was one of the worst sort of despots ever.

    Glad to know everything is OK now. (sarc off)

  3. Pinochet didn’t even make the top 100 list of worst despots. He wasn’t a very nice man, but then neither was Salvador Allende, and a continuation of Allende’s rule would have had a far more grievous toll. Chile’s a nice place to live; Venezuela is not.

    I think one of the most unappealing aspects of Continental jurisprudence is the way judges seem to be able to start up proceedings against their little hobby horses, quite off their own bat.

  4. bill40 – “There was me thinking for a moment that he was one of the worst sort of despots ever.”

    He wasn’t even one of the worst despots in the region. The military junta in Argentina killed ten times as many. But they did not throw a Communist out of office so no one cares.

    Bloke in Costa Rica – “I think one of the most unappealing aspects of Continental jurisprudence is the way judges seem to be able to start up proceedings against their little hobby horses, quite off their own bat.”

    British ones are not much better. They just keep it quiet among themselves. And they rely on their friends in various fake charities to bring cases rather than doing it off their own bat.

    Just in passing, the British government got caught doing this didn’t they? Bugging conference rooms in prisons. Did anyone get even a suspended sentence? I don’t remember.

  5. Not sure I understand Bill40?

    Where did the sarcastic tangent about Pinochet come from?

    My complaint is that Garzón had tons of work dealing with what he should have been doing in Spain. But it was, by then, beneath him. I gave no opinion on Pinochet. Garzón is now a VIJ (udge) and only the world stage is suitable for his talents.

    That and the fact that he has been suspended for violating the law here.

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