January 17th, 2012
05:02 AM ET

Trial begins for famous Spanish judge

 Spain's best-known judge, Baltasar Garzon, went on trial Tuesday in Madrid accused of abusing his judicial authority in an investigation into financial corruption.

The trial before a seven-judge panel at Spain's Supreme Court began Tuesday morning and if convicted, Garzon, who was suspended in 2010 pending the trial, would not go to jail but could lose his right permanently to be a judge in Spain.

The trial in the so-called Gurtel financial and political corruption case is just the first of two trials against Garzon. Next week, a case that many legal experts say is the more important one, accuses Garzon again of overstepping his legal authority while investigating human rights abuses under the former dictatorship of Spain's Francisco Franco.

Garzon became known internationally in 1998 when he sought the extradition of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who was in a London hospital. Garzon accused him of the murder of Spaniards in Chile and of crimes of genocide.

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  1. gung hoe

    See if he wasnt famous they wouldnt have known him from hyde.Sure am glad Iam not famous

    January 17, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kandi

    Aww gung hoe, dont you secretly wish you were? lol And his crime ISNT being famous its for being a crooked, self-serving JUDGE!

    January 17, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tcr c2

    Should of known better people in authority are being watched real good these days corruption is so rampant now its hard to get away with

    January 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©

    EVERYONE who posts here is famous.

    January 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kandi

    Well ty BOMBO! Lol

    January 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |