SPAIN’S most famous judge is facing five years in prison if found guilty of accepting bribes from Santander bank.
Prosecutors have also requested a 27,000 euro fine for Judge Baltasar Garzon in the third case currently pending against him.
He is accused of accepting a bribe in 2005 from a senior partner at the bank in order to drop a case against it.
At the time he was on a teaching sabbatical at New York University where the money was said to have changed hands, arriving via a third party account at the university.
Garzon is currently awaiting sentencing for his involvement in the Gurtel corruption case, where he tapped phones between lawyers and suspects.
He also stands accused of abuse of power for attempting to open an investigation into the deaths of 113,000 people under Franco when these crimes were protected by an amnesty.