ARGENTINA has issued arrest warrants for four Franco-era officials who have been accused of torture.
The four accused are Jesús Muñecas Aguilar, a former member of the Civil Guard; Celso Galván Abascal, one of Francisco Franco’s former bodyguards; and Juan Antonio González Pacheco and José Ignacio Giralte González, former members of the Brigada Político-Social, the arm of the Spanish police responsible for political repression during the dictatorship.
Three people came forward to claim they were tortured by these individuals and hope that the warrants will bring them to justice.
One victim said she wanted “everyone to know who these people are and what they did.”
As a result of the arrest order, the four accused face detention by Interpol if they attempt to leave Spain. In Argentina, their alleged crimes would carry sentences of eight to twenty-five years in prison.