Spain refuses to extradite 'torturer'

2014-04-30 22:24
Former member of the security forces of the Franco dictatorship Juan Antonio Gonzalez Pacheco, 67, nicknamed Billy the Kid leaving the courthouse in Madrid. (Gerard Julien, AFP)

Former member of the security forces of the Franco dictatorship Juan Antonio Gonzalez Pacheco, 67, nicknamed Billy the Kid leaving the courthouse in Madrid. (Gerard Julien, AFP)

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Madrid - Spain's top criminal court refused Wednesday to extradite a 67-year-old former policeman known as "Billy the Kid" to be tried in Argentina for alleged torture during the Franco era.

The National Court said the suspect, Antonio Gonzalez Pacheco, could not be sent to Argentina for trial because the charges related to events in Spain that occured too long ago.

The ruling echoed a decision the court took five days earlier with a second Franco-era suspect, Jesus Munecas, 75.

It sparked indignation among some victims of the regime of General Francisco Franco, who died in 1975.

"I think it is terrible, we are paying for the impunity of yesterday with the impunity of today," said 65-year-old Acacio Puig, a Franco-era victim.

His suit could not be heard in the Spanish courts so he took his case to Argentina under the principle of universal jurisdiction for grave crimes that have not been pursued in the country of origin.

Hundreds of Spaniards have turned to the Argentine courts to seek justice for alleged crimes committed during Spain's 36-year dictatorship.

Gonzalez Pacheco was alleged to have been particularly sadistic during Franco's regime, reportedly telling his victims how much he was enjoying hurting them.

He earned his nickname "Billy the Kid" for his age and for allegedly spinning a gun around his finger like a cowboy during torture sessions.

Gonzalez Pacheco denied the charges during his extradition hearing earlier this month.

Munecas also denied taking part in torture and told the court he did not know his alleged victim.

In its ruling Wednesday, the court pointed out that in Spain the crime of torture -- which carries a prison term of six years -- has a statute of limitations of 10 years.

Spain adopted an amnesty in 1977 to unify the country after Franco's death.

Last October, the United Nations recommended scrapping the amnesty and urged Spain to draw up plans to search for those who disappeared during the dictatorship.

UN judicial rapporteur Pablo de Greiff in February again urged Spain to scrap the amnesty law, saying it "has been used to shelve practically all of the cases brought before the judges" by people trying to prosecute alleged Franco-era atrocities in Spanish courts.

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