JUDGES from 11 European countries have come forward to demand Baltasar Garzon be allowed back on the bench.
In Febuary the controversial Spanish ‘superjudge’ was banned for 11 years after being found guilty of illegal phone-tapping by the Supreme Court in Madrid.
Now the Association of European Magistrates for Democracy and Freedom (Medel) has presented a petition to the Spanish Ministry of
Justice stating the ruling was ‘extraordinary, indiscriminate and completely disproportionate’.
Representing 15,000 lawyers, the association highlighted 56-year-old Garzon’s ‘overwhelming’ service in tackling terrorism, drug trafficking and crimes against humanity’.
“Garzon is not just a Spanish judge but a European symbol, a global symbol,” said Antonio Cluny, Medel’s president.