Spanish court acquits judge Baltasar Garzon for probe into right-wing atrocities in Civil War

Ciaran Giles, The Associated Press

MADRID - Spain's Supreme Court has acquitted Baltasar Garzon of charges that he overstepped his jurisdiction as a judge by launching a 2008 probe into right-wing atrocities around the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War.

Garzon, a judge who won world fame for taking on international human rights cases, was barred from the bench for 11 years earlier this month after he was found guilty of similar charges in a separate domestic corruption probe.

A court spokeswoman said Garzon was absolved by a 6-1 vote by judges in the Civil War case. She spoke Monday on condition of anonymity in keeping with court policy.

The Civil War case had raised a storm in Spain, with many people claiming Garzon had been targeted by right-wing political and judicial enemies.