|Baltasar Garzón on way to court|
Spain’s crusading judge, known internationally for seeking the extradition of General Augusto Pinochet for crimes against humanity, is awaiting the verdict of another case in which he is accused of exceeding his authority by initiating an investigation into crimes against humanity committed during the Spanish Civil War and the subsequent dictatorship of General Franco.
He faces a third trial on a bribery accusation related to lectures he gave sponsored by Banco Santander. Garzón shelved a case against Santander Chairman Emilio Botín on tax fraud allegations.
Garzón, who is 56 years old, may never work again as an investigating judge in Spain.
There is no right of appeal to the Supreme Court decision, but Garzón is investigating whether he can take the case to the Constitutional Court or may take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.